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The Media and Quality
of Government

The traditional view that countries with a high level of democracy also have a high level of media freedom, and vice versa, is both exaggerated and highly simplified. Media freedom is considered to have positive effects on political systems and democratisation processes, corruption and economic development.

A free flow of information is a prerequisite for, for example, economic development, political accountability, democracy and a well-functioning society, and effective public institutions. However, certain conditions have to be met for media freedom and a free flow of information to have these positive effects. Media freedom is not enough; the media must also be able to eliminate information asymmetries and serve as a fourth state power within the framework of a well-functioning and flourishing democracy.

The main research question is how and under what conditions media contribute to promote, or discourage, the development of political institutions of high quality. This question will also be the focus of Mathias Färdigh's doctoral thesis.

Page Manager: Mats Ekström|Last update: 7/18/2011

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