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Book Review: Transparency in Politics and the Media: Accountability and Open Government

Governments around the world are increasingly experimenting with initiatives in transparency or ‘open government’, including more user-friendly government websites, greater access to government data, the extension of freedom of information legislation and broader attempts to involve the public in government decision making. This volume aims to analyse the challenges and opportunities presented to journalists as they attempt to hold governments accountable […]

Book Review: Propaganda, Power and Persuasion: From World War One to Wikileaks by David Welch

In this book, the contributors set out to trace the development of techniques of opinion management from the First World War to the current conflict in Afghanistan. Michael Warren finds that this book makes valuable contributions to a rich body of literature critiquing how leaders, media and other entities shape public opinion, whilst being accessible and thought-provoking to readers new to the subject. This review […]

In democracies an effective media and opposition are both needed to sanction leaders’ foreign policy missteps

Common wisdom in international affairs is that when democratically elected leaders and governments make threats towards other states, these are credible; voters will punish leaders who do not follow through on their words. New research by Philip B. K. Potter and Matthew A. Baum argues however, that not all democracies are equal in the credibility of their threats of military […]

The political affiliations of the UK’s national newspapers have shifted, but there is again a heavy Tory predominance

The 2010 General Election saw the Conservatives gain a number of newspaper endorsements, and failed to win outright. But while there is a consensus that newspaper endorsements matter less today than they once did, they remain a significant force in shaping the political outlooks of their readers. In the 2012 Audit of Democracy, Stuart Wilks-Heeg, Andrew Blick, and Stephen Crone looked at the representativeness […]

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Leveson Past, Present and Future: The politics of press regulation

Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations for press regulation were both clever and moderate, writes Steven Barnett. They were met with a press campaign of deliberate obfuscation and downright lies. In this post he reminds us of the reasons for the Leveson inquiry and where the process towards press regulation stands now, urging Parliament to hold its nerve and curb abuses of corporate […]

Contemporary Luddites, emerging England and intergenerational welfare dependency: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

On the Mainly Macro blog, Simon Wren-Lewis writes about the media failing to reflect overwhelming consensus views, such as that low productivity growth is a serious cause for concern, instead portraying them as just ‘one perspective’. He argues that the media should put the news in context rather than insisting ‘on giving Luddites equal space’.

Recent surveys have showed changing attitudes in England […]

SuperCarney to the rescue, falling real wages and living with a post-truth media: Top 5 blogs you might have missed this week

Chris Dillow of the Stumbling and Mumbling blog explores why real wages have been falling in the UK. Over at the Mindful Money blog, Shaun Richards evaluates the impact of this on the UK economy.

Writing in The Independent, Danny Blanchflower comments on the ridiculously high expectations facing Mark Carney, the incoming governor of the Bank of England. Meanwhile, Jonathan Portes, Ann Pettifor, Brad DeLong and Frances Coppola advise the new […]

Should the media have shown the images of the Woolwich attacker?

Graphic images of the senseless tragedy in Woolwich on Wednesday were displayed prominently by the mainstream media. Charlie Beckett asks whether the media should have done this or if some images are better left unpublished.   Should the media have shown the images of the Woolwich attacker? For me the simple answer is ‘yes’, but that each of these cases must be put […]

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