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Democracy or videocracy? An econometric analysis of the role of television in the Italian political arena

Fabio Sabatini ()

MPRA Paper from University Library of Munich, Germany

Abstract: This paper contributes to the literature by carrying out the first econometric investigation into the role of television in the formation of political consensus in Italy. Based on probit and instrumental variables estimates, we find trust in television to be the most significant predictor of trust in the Italian prime minister. The latter is also strongly and negatively correlated with trust in the judicial system and tolerance towards immigrants.

Keywords: trust; institutions; democracy; television; media; social capital; Italy; instrumental variables (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: L82 Z13 D72 D83 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-cdm, nep-pol and nep-soc
Date: 2011-05-25
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