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Cross Country Differences in Trust in Television and the Governance of Public Broadcasters


  • Sara Connolly
  • Shaun P. Hargreaves Heap


This paper offers an explanation of European cross country differences in the trust enjoyed by television. Our argument turns on the way that, while there is significant public ownership of television in all countries (so that trust in broadcasting as a whole is bound to depend importantly on trust in public broadcasters), the extent of independence of these public broadcasters from government varies across countries and this affects their trustworthiness. Trust in television matters not only because of the special influence that television plays in the political system but also because there is evidence that trust in institutions directly contributes to individuals' subjective well-being. Copyright 2007 Blackwell Publishing Ltd..

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  • Sara Connolly & Shaun P. Hargreaves Heap, 2007. "Cross Country Differences in Trust in Television and the Governance of Public Broadcasters," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 60(1), pages 3-14, February.
  • Handle: RePEc:bla:kyklos:v:60:y:2007:i:1:p:3-14

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    1. Benesch Christine & Frey Bruno S. & Stutzer Alois, 2010. "TV Channels, Self-Control and Happiness," The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy, De Gruyter, vol. 10(1), pages 1-35, September.
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    1. Rothbauer, Julia & Sieg, Gernot, 2011. "Welfare effects of public service broadcasting in a free-to-air TV market," Economics Department Working Paper Series 13, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Economics Department.
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    3. Shaun Hargreaves Heap, 2008. "Social capital and snake oil," The Review of Austrian Economics, Springer;Society for the Development of Austrian Economics, vol. 21(2), pages 199-207, September.
    4. Sabatini, Fabio, 2011. "Democracy or videocracy? An econometric analysis of the role of television in the Italian political arena," MPRA Paper 31117, University Library of Munich, Germany.
    5. Christine Benesch, 2010. "Governance of Public Broadcasters and Television Consumption," CREMA Working Paper Series 2010-18, Center for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA).
    6. Fabio Sabatini, 2012. "Who Trusts B erlusconi? An Econometric Analysis of the Role of Television in the Political Arena," Kyklos, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 65(1), pages 111-131, February.
    7. Yamamura, Eiji, 2008. "Comparison of neighborhood trust between generations in a racially homogeneous society: A case study from Japan," MPRA Paper 10218, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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