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Handcuffs for the Grabbing Hand? Media Capture and Government Accountability

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  • Timothy Besley
  • Andrea Prat

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It has long been recognized that the media play an essential role in governmentaccountability. However, even in the absence of censorship, the government mayinfluence news content by maintaining a "cozy" relationship with the media. Thispaper develops a model of democratic politics in which media capture is endogenous.The model offers insights into the features of the media market that determine theability of the government to exercise such capture and hence to influence politicaloutcomes

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  • Timothy Besley & Andrea Prat, 2005. "Handcuffs for the Grabbing Hand? Media Capture and Government Accountability," STICERD - Political Economy and Public Policy Paper Series 07, Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines, LSE.
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