What’s the Use of a Free Media? The Role of Media in Curbing Corruption and Promoting Quality of Government.
Free media have traditionally been seen as vital to democratization and economic development. International actors, such as UN, the World Bank, the EU, Transparency International, the OECD and the research field in its entirety regard free media as one of the main means of curbing corruption. Numerous policy proposals and recommendations stress the importance of media freedom. Nevertheless, our knowledge of how effectively media actually perform to combat corruption is still limited – albeit growing. What’s the Use of a Free Media? presents three independent empirical studies that contribute to an understanding of this role, analyzing the media’s importance in curbing corruption and in promoting and generating high quality political institutions. The research design and robust empirical approach broaden the analytical scope of earlier studies and stressing the need to look beyond simple models of direct effects of media freedom. The dissertation problematizes and elaborates the specifications of both media freedom and quality of government, thereby helping to bridge the gap between theory and the equivalent empirical world.
Parts of work
Färdigh, Mathias A., Emma Andersson and Henrik Oscarsson. (2012). "Press Freedom and Corruption." In Holmberg, Sören & Bo Rothstein (eds.) Good Government: The Relevance of Political Science. Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing, pp. 130-149.Färdigh, Mathias A. (Under review). Free Media and Quality of Government: Media's Role in Promoting Impartial, Non-Corrupt Governments with High Quality.Färdigh, Mathias A. (Under review). Media Freedom, Media Accessibility and Quality of Government. Explaining Government Performance in Europe using Media System Characteristics.
Göteborgs universitet. Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten
University of Gothenburg. Faculty of Social Sciences
Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG) ; Institutionen för journalistik, medier och kommunikation (JMG)
Fredagen den 6 december 2013, kl. 13.15, i sal 302, Annedalseminariet, Seminariegatan 1A, Göteborg
Date of defence
Färdigh, Mathias A.
quality of government