Exposition to Corruption and Political Participation: Evidence from Italian Municipalities
34 Pages Posted: 22 Sep 2017
Date Written: August 2017
The aim of this paper is to study the effect of local corruption on political participation which is mediated by the press. Focusing on Italy, we generate a daily measure of exposition to local corruption screening articles of main Italian press agency. Applying an event-study methodology on local elections, two results emerge. First, corruption exposition reduces citizens participation: voter turnout decreases but characteristics of elected politicians are not affected; second, politicians participation modifies: number of candidates lowers along with proportion of running freshmen. These results suggest that corruption exposition produces resignation rather than retaliation in terms of political participation.
Keywords: Corruption, Media, Turnout, Political Selection, Electoral Competition
JEL Classification: D720, D730, H700, K420
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