Community Radio Policies in South Asia: A Deliberative Policy Ecology Approach (2020), Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore


The book draws on critical media policy studies, to study the principles and performances of policies and policymaking for community radio in four countries of South Asia—Sri Lanka, Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. It focuses on the processes and practices of deliberation that go into policymaking, across space and time, and the global-local spectrum. It stitches together a critical media policy ethnography, drawing on over a 100 formal interviews and informal conversations with policy actors from South Asia, in a bid to present a deliberative policy analysis of policymaking for community radio in the region.  Drawing on Grounded Theory, the book fleshes out the Deliberative Policy Ecology Approach as an inclusive heuristic to study media policies.


The book, through its 7 chapters, attempts the following:

  • Presents a methodology to study media policymaking
  • Presents the media policy trajectories of four countries in South Asia
  • Offers a ground-up, holistic perspective on media policies and its making in South Asia
  • Presents a new theoretical approach to the study of media policies.