Media Development and Political Stability: An Analysis of Sub-Saharan Africa
Journal of Developing Areas, Forthcoming
Posted: 17 Sep 2012
Date Written: 2012
This paper takes a holistic look at the media sector and establishes that press freedom along with reach reduces political instability. Greater reach of media furthers the cause of a free press. It generates an informed populace and increases government responsiveness. The hypothesis is supported by multiple econometric specifications and the results remain robust.
Keywords: media freedom, press freedom, political stability, Sub Saharan Africa, institutions
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