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Title: The watchdogs that only bark? Media and political accountability in Central and Eastern Europe
Authors: Stetka, Vaclav
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Peter Lang GmbH
Citation: STETKA, V., 2014. The watchdogs that only bark? Media and political accountability in Central and Eastern Europe. IN: Glowacki, M., Lauk, E. and Balcytiene, A. (eds). Journalism that matters: views from Central and Eastern Europe. Frankfurt : Peter Lang GmbH, pp.35-60
Series/Report no.: Studies in Communication and Politics
Abstract: This paper critically examines how media in post-transformation countries of the CEE region fulfil their normative role of “watchdogs of democracy”, particularly in relation to the issue of political corruption, which is regarded as one of the most palpable issues the new democracies are coping with. Empirically, the paper is be based on an expert survey conducted (together with Henrik Örnebring) in 2012 in eight CEE countries, on field interviews with investigative journalists, as well as on a frequency analysis of media salience of corruption and the trends in prosecution of corruption in the Czech Republic. Drawing on the results from both parts of the empirical study, the paper suggests the media have a best chance to fulfil their watchdog role and to enforce accountability when supported by the effort of other accountability institutions composing a network of actors mutually reinforcing each other in their effort to curb political corruption.
Description: This is the accepted manuscript version of the book chapter. The definitive, published version of record of the chapter can be found at: https://www.peterlang.com/view/product/21667
Version: Accepted for publication
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/24842
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.3726/978-3-653-04493-5
ISBN: 9783631654217
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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