Has international media impacted upon the legitimacy of national communities and ideologies in Europe? Richard Collins gives an integrated analysis of the central issues in contemporary media policy. Because technological change in broadcasting has enabled us to open up media markets, the shape of media and society has become increasingly global. Indeed, modern international media questions the very legitimacy of national communities and ideologies. And this is a phenomenon whose greatest impact has been in Europe. These studies address the future of public service broadcasting and the power of national regulators to shape trans-national media relationships. The author takes an empirical approach to analyse these issues, exploring media and communication studies very much as a social science.