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Exposition to Corruption and Political Participation: Evidence from Italian Municipalities

Tommaso Giommoni

No 6645, CESifo Working Paper Series from CESifo Group Munich

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to study the effect of local corruption on political participation which is mediated by the press. Focusing on Italy, we generate a daily measure of exposition to local corruption screening articles of main Italian press agency. Applying an event-study methodology on local elections, two results emerge. First, corruption exposition reduces citizens participation: voter turnout decreases but characteristics of elected politicians are not affected; second, politicians participation modifies: number of candidates lowers along with proportion of running freshmen. These results suggest that corruption exposition produces resignation rather than retaliation in terms of political participation.

Keywords: corruption; media; turnout; political selection; electoral competition (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D72 D73 H70 K42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-eur, nep-law, nep-pol and nep-soc
Date: 2017
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