Explaining the De Facto Independence of Public Broadcasters

Hanretty, Chris (2010) Explaining the De Facto Independence of Public Broadcasters. British Journal of Political Science, 40 (01). pp. 75-89. ISSN 0007-1234

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Abstract

Institutions operating beyond direct control of government, such as central banks, constitutional courts and public broadcasters, enjoy guarantees of de jure independence, but de jure independence is no guarantee of de facto independence. This is especially so for public broadcasting, where cultural variables are often assumed to be decisive. In this article, the de jure and de facto independence of thirty-six public service broadcasters world-wide are operationalized, and de jure independence is found to explain a high degree of de facto independence when account is taken of the size of the market for news. Other variables considered in previous literature – such as bureaucratic partisanship and the polarization of the party system – are not found to be significant.

Item Type: Article
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Political, Social and International Studies
University of East Anglia > Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Political, Social and International Studies
Depositing User: Chris Hanretty
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2011 10:15
Last Modified: 22 Dec 2022 10:31
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/25663
DOI: 10.1017/S000712340999024X

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