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Press Coverage and Political Accountability
Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Institute for International Economic Studies.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Political Economy, ISSN 0022-3808, E-ISSN 1537-534X, Vol. 118, no 2, 355-408 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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We estimate the impact of press coverage on citizen knowledge, politicians' actions, and policy. We find that voters living in areas where, for exogenous reasons, the press covers their U.S. House representative less are less likely to recall their representative's name and less able to describe and rate him or her. Congressmen who are less covered by the local press work less for their constituencies: they are less likely to stand witness before congressional hearings, to serve on constituency-oriented committees (perhaps), and to vote against the party line. Finally, federal spending is lower in areas with exogenously lower press coverage of congressmen.

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2010. Vol. 118, no 2, 355-408 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-49230DOI: 10.1086/652903ISI: 000277626200005OAI: diva2:376790
authorCount :2Available from: 2010-12-13 Created: 2010-12-13 Last updated: 2010-12-14Bibliographically approved

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