Date of Award

Spring 1988

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


International Studies


Graduate Program in International Studies

Committee Director

Philip Taylor


The role television played in the integration of Europe through 1987 is examined in an analysis focusing on historical trends, integration theory, and the effect of satellite technology on the political environment in Europe. Television remained under the jurisdiction of national governments since its inception, satellite communications challenged the system of national control of television and changed television's role in Europe by introducing a revolutionary new delivery system. Integration theorists are cited to define the integration process and provide a foundation for a study of television's impact on European integration. Television policies in each nation are examined to document their past nationalistic nature. Intergovernmental organizations are surveyed to understand their function in the formulation of European television policies. The private sector's use of satellites is cited to document how its actions encouraged integration in the marketplace. It is shown that the integration of the television market will precede European integration and that satellite television provided the communication tool that will stimulate this integration.