Performance Competition in Local Media Markets

31 Pages Posted: 9 Jul 2008

Date Written: January 1, 2008


This paper investigates the impact of tax and public service performance on English local government popularity by using data on local property taxes, service performance ratings and local election results after the introduction of a system of evaluation of local government performance (Comprehensive Performance Assessment). The evidence emerging from estimation of a reelection equation offers a somewhat more rounded portrait of the voter than the conventional fiscal conservative icon, by highlighting the beneficial consequences of public service performance on government popularity and pointing to the role of local media networks (the BBC regional television, local radio and web network) in shaping consensus by spreading tax-related information.

Keywords: yardstick competition, property tax, performance rating

JEL Classification: C23, C25, D72

Suggested Citation

Revelli, Federico, Performance Competition in Local Media Markets (January 1, 2008). U. of Torino Department of Economics Research Paper No. 1/2008-GE, Available at SSRN: or

Federico Revelli (Contact Author)

University of Turin ( email )

Via Po 53
Facolta di Scienze Politiche
10124 Torino

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