Title
Summits, riots and media attention : the political economy of information on trade and globalisation Summits, riots and media attention : the political economy of information on trade and globalisation
Author
Faculty/Department
Institute of Development Policy and Management
Publication type
article
Publication
Oxford ,
Subject
Sociology
Economics
Source (journal)
The world economy: the leading journal on international economic relations. - Oxford
Volume/pages
29(2006) :5 , p. 637-654
ISSN
0378-5920
1467-9701
ISI
000236770100006
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Full text (Publishers DOI)
Abstract
Supply of information has increased rapidly through the growth of commercial media and technological innovations. Yet economists still blame anti-globalists demonstrations and public opposition to trade liberalisation on poor information. This paper analyses how the structure of the media industry affects the distribution of information on trade policy and globalisation. We present an empirical analysis of Belgian media reporting on trade policy and globalisation over the 19992002 period, supports these hypotheses and finds strong negative bias in media coverage. Moreover, we find that media coverage of trade policy and globalisation is highly concentrated around summit meetings of political leaders. Media attention in the popular press is heavily influenced by riots and demonstrations at summits. The paper points at important implications for public information on trade policy and globalisation and for economists.
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