By Edward A. Comor
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Extra info for Communication, Commerce and Power: The Political Economy of America and the Direct Broadcast Satellite, 1960-2000
Bringing the State Back In (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985) p. 9. , p. 11. Robert W. Cox, Production, Power, and World Order, p. 6. Cox defines 'historical structures' as the 'persistent social practices, made by collective human activity and transformed through collective human activity' - p. 4. By the term 'state structure,' Cox means 'both the machinery of government and enforcement (where power lies among the policy-elaborating and enforcement agencies ... ) and the historic bloc on which the state rests' - p.
Rather than a structurally entrenched American imperialism defining the course of US policy, historical shifts in policy-making priorities, capacities and outcomes instead have generated multiple and even disparate centers of policy leadership. In specifying these, their contexts and the forces underlying them, a relatively sophisticated representation of cultural imperialism can be developed. As shown in Chapter 6, the mediating role of the American state was crucial in the success of a trade-based foreign communication policy strategy as represented by the Uruguay Round of GATT.
Specifically, Cox argues that the internationalizing of the state involves adjustments to 'the internal structures of states' ... ' 36 In other words, the internationalizing state entails not only an adjustment of what intrastate agencies do and their relative power capacities, it also involves a realignment of the historic bloc - the complex relationship among dominant social and economic groups. Rather than simply characterizing the American state as a dominant agent modifying the global political economy - a position generally endorsed by critical scholars of US foreign communication policy - or as itself a direct respondent to changing international conditions, Cox instead recognizes the state to be a complex mediator.
Communication, Commerce and Power: The Political Economy of America and the Direct Broadcast Satellite, 1960-2000 by Edward A. Comor