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The Legacy of Robert A. Brady: Antifascist Origins of the Political Economy of Communications


  • Dan Schiller


During its formative period in the United States, the political economy of communications was profoundly influenced by the teachings of the economist Robert A. Brady. Throughout the 1930s and 1940s, within the broader political context of U.S. anti-fascism, Brady developed a potent analysis of emerging authoritarian economic and cultural practices. This framework was substantially carried over, and further developed, by the two pioneers of the political economy approach, Dallas W. Smythe and Herbert I. Schiller.

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  • Dan Schiller, 1999. "The Legacy of Robert A. Brady: Antifascist Origins of the Political Economy of Communications," Journal of Media Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 12(2), pages 89-101.
  • Handle: RePEc:taf:jmedec:v:12:y:1999:i:2:p:89-101 DOI: 10.1207/s15327736me1202_2

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