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Freedom of the Media as Freedom from Corruption

Title: Freedom of the Media as Freedom from Corruption.
Name(s): Daniels, Dustin, author
Program in International Affairs
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2011
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Corruption over the past decade has emerged as one of the most important issues of economic success in the developing world. During this time several articles and publications have cited media freedom as a closely related component to the fighting of corruption, citing public scrutiny and political incentives as the main arguments. Despite these voices, several criticisms have questioned the validity of these stated relationships and have countered with arguments that condemn the measuring tools and indices used for the analysis of corruption. This paper has investigated the relationship that free media has in the fighting of corruption in the developing world, and the strength of the indices used to measure these components. This study also included political freedom as an additional explanatory variable to investigate the importance of other social freedoms on corruption. Using several different indices from several institutions, this paper has found that although different in their approaches, many of these measuring tools come to the same conclusion about the levels of corruption, political freedom and media freedom around the world, a fact that rejects the former criticisms. Furthermore, this paper through a regression analysis shows that media indeed has a very strong non-linear relationship to corruption and can be more robustly seen after a certain threshold. With the newly found confidence in the measuring tools, and strong empirical evidence that media freedom is an important component to anti-corruption efforts, this paper offers some policy strategies that could help apply this relationship.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0010 (IID)
Keywords: Media freedom, Corruption, Economic development
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the International Affairs Program in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: April 14, 2011.
Subject(s): International relations
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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