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The Regulatory Framework Before and After the Communications Act 2003

Mike Feintuck and Mike Varney

in Media Regulation, Public Interest and the Law

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780748621668
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670987 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748621668.003.0004
The Regulatory Framework Before and After the Communications Act 2003

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This chapter offers a brief overview of the historical legal framework for regulation prior to the Communications Act 2003 before going on to identify the key reforms and to consider their impact on power and accountability in the regulatory regime and some significant developments since. The emphasis is on regulatory design, the location of regulatory power, and accountability in its exercise. The overall objective is to consider whether the Communications Act 2003 in general represents any significant advance on what went before.

Keywords: media regulation; Communications Act 2003; legal framework; regulatory design; regulatory reform; regulatory power; accountability

Chapter.  18418 words. 

Subjects: Media Studies

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