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Media markets and politicians involved in scandals

Title
Media markets and politicians involved in scandals
Author
송병권
Keywords
Elections; Corruption; Media market; Political accountability
Issue Date
2016-11
Publisher
ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Citation
SOCIAL SCIENCE JOURNAL, v. 53, Issue 4, Page. 389-397
Abstract
In this paper, I study whether TV coverage helps voters punish politicians involved in a scandal. Specifically, I compare the vote shares of U.S. senators implicated in scandals from 1970 through 2000 in two different types of media markets: in-state and out-of-state. An in-state media market is centered in a given state, and an out-of-state is located outside a given state. Therefore, the media consumers in an out-of-state media market receive news contents that focus on neighboring states' politicians. I find that U.S. senators implicated in scandals receive smaller vote share in in-state media markets. The results suggest that better access to political news helps voters make more informed decisions. (C) 2016 Western Social Science Association. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
URI
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S036233191600015X?via%3Dihubhttp://repository.hanyang.ac.kr/handle/20.500.11754/101032
ISSN
0362-3319; 1873-5355
DOI
10.1016/j.soscij.2016.02.012
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COLLEGE OF POLICY SCIENCE[S](정책과학대학) > POLICY STUDIES(정책학과) > Articles
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