Co-evolution: Applications and Implications for Governance Research in Communication Studies

Manuel Puppis, Hilde van den Bulck, & Robin Mansell (Eds.), Handbook of Media and Communication Governance. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar (Forthcoming)

Quello Center Working Paper

27 Pages Posted: 11 May 2023

See all articles by Johannes M. Bauer

Johannes M. Bauer

Michigan State University - Department of Media and Information; Michigan State University - Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media

Michael Latzer

University of Zurich – IKMZ, Media Change & Innovation Division

Date Written: February 26, 2023

Abstract

A co-evolutionary theoretical framework offers new concepts and methods for communication governance researchers. These concepts and methods are particularly well suited to study problems with strong interdependencies between actors. Such problems often develop in a dynamic, open-ended way and are associated with high levels of uncertainty. Many important, pressing governance tasks in convergent communication sectors, such as efforts to regulate digital platforms, could benefit from integrating insights from co-evolutionary models. For some problems, such as global internet governance, co-evolutionary models may be the only way to develop a robust understanding of the available governance options. This chapter introduces the co-evolution concept, points to applications in communication governance research, and presents models and tools that could enrich future research. It also highlights the implications of its applications for communications governance, summarizes the strengths and limitations of the approach, and gives a brief outlook of further developments.

Keywords: Co-evolution, complexity, governance, media, communication, policy

JEL Classification: O31, O33, L86

Suggested Citation

Bauer, Johannes M. and Latzer, Michael, Co-evolution: Applications and Implications for Governance Research in Communication Studies (February 26, 2023). Manuel Puppis, Hilde van den Bulck, & Robin Mansell (Eds.), Handbook of Media and Communication Governance. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar (Forthcoming) , Quello Center Working Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4433276

Johannes M. Bauer (Contact Author)

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Michigan State University - Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media ( email )

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Michael Latzer

University of Zurich – IKMZ, Media Change & Innovation Division ( email )

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Zürich, CH-8050
Switzerland

HOME PAGE: http://www.mediachange.ch

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