This thesis examines the role of the British News Media in broader processes
of state retrenchment that have occurred in Britain since the 1980s. This issue
is examined through a range of empirical case studies, which are,
(a) news reporting of the introduction of the poll tax;
(b) news media relations and coverage of the voluntary and charitable
(c) the mediation of social scientific research;
(d) trends in electoral news coverage;
(e) coverage of quasi-autonomous non-governmental organisations.
Collectively, this work demonstrates the importance of communication and
media factors in the systemic changes that have occurred over recent
decades, and the need to attend to issues of context and process when
theorising their nature and significance. The introduction also outlines the
methodological and theoretical positions that have shaped this work.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy at Loughborough University.