Chanan Naveh (Tel-Aviv)
This paper maintains
that the media is involved in all stages of foreign policy formulation
processes and that political leaders take the media into consideration
in its national and international aspects. Moreover, the paper argues
that this double-edged media environment is considered mainly in the publication,
or media management stage.
Past studies of foreign
policy decision-making neglected to deal with this complex role of the
media. They described the media (if at all) as one of the channels of
informing leaders of international events, as input for the decision-making
process. Actual reality demonstrates that this perspective minimizes the
place of the media and therefore it should be dealt theoretically as well
as in applied research case studies using a more complex approach emphasizing
the crucial role of the media in foreign policy. The paper develops and
presents a framework for the analysis of foreign policy decision-making
which tries to compensate for some of the flaws of existing models in
the field, incorporating the complex processes of media input into decision-making,
as well as reflecting the role of the press and TV in the formulation
stage of policy-making.
On the author: Chanan Naveh is a lecturer in the International Relations Department at the Hebrew University and the Political Science Department at Tel Aviv University. He is a senior editor at the Voice of Israel (Israeli Public Radio).
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