How have European media policies traditionally developed and what have been the policy rationales and principles that have shaped them? How are contemporary European media policies formulated and what are the factors and conditions that affect their making? Understanding Media Policies: A European Perspective explores the way media policies are understood, negotiated and applied in Europe. Combining a country-based study in 14 countries with a comparative analysis across various types of media services, this volume investigates the complex array of policy approaches and regulatory practices established to govern the media in Europe. Featuring contributions from distinguished authors across a range of academic disciplines, the collection is essential reading for policy makers, scholars, researchers and students of media policy.