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Press Coverage and Political Accountability

James M. Snyder  Jr. and David Strömberg
Journal of Political Economy
Vol. 118, No. 2 (April 2010), pp. 355-408
DOI: 10.1086/652903
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/10.1086/652903
Page Count: 54
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Abstract

We estimate the impact of press coverage on citizen knowledge, politicians’ actions, and policy. We find that voters living in areas where, for exogenous reasons, the press covers their U.S. House representative less are less likely to recall their representative’s name and less able to describe and rate him or her. Congressmen who are less covered by the local press work less for their constituencies: they are less likely to stand witness before congressional hearings, to serve on constituency‐oriented committees (perhaps), and to vote against the party line. Finally, federal spending is lower in areas with exogenously lower press coverage of congressmen.

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