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IFCO 2315 - Le prix de la démocratie : médias, élections et participation

Type d'enseignement : Lecture alone

Semester : Autumn 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English

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No prerequisites.

Course Description

The course is intended to provide a general overview of the future the media and of the economics of news production in the online world. We will look at the epochal transformations sweeping the media and investigate how it affects political participation and government accountability, but also social norms and beliefs. The focus of the class is both on old (newspaper, television, radio) and new media (digital and social media). The course will offer an historical and international perspective on the media. It will describe the emergence of the “news”, study the current collapse of journalism and investigate the roots of the media crisis. We will investigate the role of the media with respect to political participation, economic development, as well as demonstrations and protests. We will also examine the role played by the social media and “fake news” in recent elections. Finally, we will investigate the different forms of money's power in politics, from media influence to think tanks by way of political donations.


  • CAGÉ, Julia (Enseignant/Chercheur en Economie)
  • DEWITTE, Edgard (Etudiant doctorant à Sciences Po)
  • MARTINS DE ALMEIDA BARRETO, Daniel (PhD student)

Course validation

If you are registered for this course, you will need to complete the following assignments: 1. A mid-term exam (40%). 2. A final essay (60%). Students are required to write a final essay in which they will investigate in details the functioning of a media outlet of their choice. A more detailed description of the expectations for the paper will be provided in class.


Prior to the beginning of each class, students are required to read at least one of the required readings for that day. (More than one reading is proposed for each class; the reading list may seem long but I put it together so that you can chose your preferred articles and also for those students who will be interested in the future in doing research on the media; the students are not supposed to read all the readings, only one by class). Most importantly, everyone is expected to participate in class discussions. Class participation is taken very seriously.

Required reading

  • Cagé, Julia (2016): Saving the media. Capitalism, crowdfunding and democracy. Harvard University Press
  • Jones, A. S. (2010): Losing the News. The Future of the News that Feeds Democracy. Oxford University Press
  • Bennett, W.L., and R. G. Lawrence and S. Livington (2008): When the Press Fails: Political Power and the News Media from Iraq to Katrina. University of Chicago Press
  • Hamilton, James (2016): Democracy ‘s Detective: The Economics of Investigate Journalism. Harvard University Press.
  • Page, Benjamin I. and Martin Gilens (2017): Democracy in America?: What Has Gone Wrong and What We Can Do About It. University of Chicago Press.

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