The regulation of professional advertising practices in Spain, 1988–2013

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Title: The regulation of professional advertising practices in Spain, 1988–2013
Authors: Lopez-Berna, Sonia | Martín Llaguno, Marta | Papí-Gálvez, Natalia
Research Group/s: COSOCO (Comunicación y Sociedad del Conocimiento) | Grupo de Estudios sobre Comunicación Estratégica (E-COM) | Salud Pública
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Comunicación y Psicología Social
Keywords: Advertising | Profession | Regulation | Self-regulation | Deontology | Ethics
Knowledge Area: Comunicación Audiovisual y Publicidad
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Universidad de Navarra. Facultad de Comunicación
Citation: Communication & Society. 2015, 28(4): 139-155. doi:10.15581/
Abstract: From the perspective of the sociology of professions, every professional activity should have its own clearly circumscribed and regulated sphere of action. Such an articulation facilitates the regulation of the production of a given profession as well as the way in which it is practiced. The purpose of the research reported here was to provide a comprehensive review and evaluation of the regulatory framework governing the advertising sector in Spain. To this end, the authors analysed external regulatory legislation and self-regulatory codes extracted from the data base of the Asociación para la Autoregulación de la Comunicación Comercial (Autocontrol) that had been enacted or adopted between 1988, the year that Law 11/1998 on General Telecommunications entered into force, and 2003 as well as other relevant documents retrieved from the Boletin Oficial del Estado (BOE) pertaining to the same period. Findings indicate that although there has been a groundswell of legislation governing advertising practices in Spain since 1988, especially at the regional level, lawmakers have focused on the content of advertising messages and shown very little interest in regulating the professions of advertising and public relations. Furthermore, Spanish legislation enacted in 2003 and EU policies appear to have encouraged the adoption of voluntary codes of ethics. Sectors traditionally subject to mandatory advertising regulation, either due to the vulnerability of their target audiences or the potential impact of their commercial messages on public health or the environment, are more likely to develop self-regulatory codes of conduct than others
ISSN: 0214-0039 | 2386-7876 (Internet)
DOI: 10.15581/
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: Licencia Creative Commons Reconocimiento-NoComercial-SinObraDerivada 4.0
Peer Review: si
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INV - E-COM - Artículos de Revistas
INV - SP - Artículos de Revistas
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