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Handcuffs for the grabbing hand: media capture and government accountability

Besley, Timothy and Prat, Andrea (2005) Handcuffs for the grabbing hand: media capture and government accountability. CEPR Discussion Paper No. 3132 2002, PEPP/7. Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Abstract

It has long been recognized that the media play an essential role in government accountability. However, even in the absence of censorship, the government may in‡uence news content by maintaining a “cozy” relationship with the media. This paper develops a model of democratic politics in which media capture is endogenous. The model o¤ers insights into the features of the media market that determine the ability of the government to exercise such capture and hence to in‡uence political outcomes.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
Official URL: http://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/
Additional Information: © 2005 the author
Library of Congress subject classification: J Political Science > JC Political theory
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN1990 Broadcasting
Sets: Collections > Economists Online
Departments > Economics
Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Identification Number: PEPP/7
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2008 11:50
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/3767/

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