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Mexican law review

versión On-line ISSN 2448-5306versión impresa ISSN 1870-0578


BETANCOURT HIGAREDA, Felipe Carlos. The Development of the Media and the Public Sphere in Mexico. Mex. law rev [online]. 2013, vol.5, n.2, pp.305-331. ISSN 2448-5306.

This article reviews the development of the Mexican media, both broadcast and print, through an analysis of their current legalframework, culture, ownership structure and common practices. It is based on archival research, interviews and a review of the available literature. Its analyticalframework is based on concepts of the theory of deliberative democracy developed by contemporary philosophers such as Jürgen Habermas, James Bohman, Jane Mans-bridge and Joshua Cohen. Within thisframework, it argues that the major obstacles to democracy in Mexico, which include social and economic inequalities, patronage and a weak rule of law, also constitute obstacles to the deliberative development of the Mexican media.

Palabras llave : Mexican media; deliberative democracy; public sphere; democracy in Mexico.

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