Read All About It! Understanding the Role of Media in Economic Development
AbstractThis paper explores the role of media in economic development. In particular, we seek to outline the conditions under which the media contributes to the successful adoption of policies aimed at economic progress. Our core thesis is that successful economic development requires the coordination of efforts by politicians with the interests of the populace on policies that bring about economic growth. However, the nature of the relationship between political actors in charge of reform is characterized by a conflict of interests. The role of media as a key mechanism for transforming these situations of conflict into situations of coordination between politicians and the populace is analyzed. Specifically, we consider four factors - media autonomy, legal structure, quality of the media and consumer demand - and how they impact media as a coordination-enhancing mechanism. Copyright WWZ and Helbing & Lichtenhahn Verlag AG 2004.
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