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The Role of Media in the Repression-Protest Nexus: A Game-theoretic Model

Show simple item record Kim, HeeMin Whitten-Woodring, Jenifer James, Patrick 2016-10-28T13:19:38Z 2020-02-19T21:16:01Z 2016-10-28T13:19:38Z 2020-02-19T21:16:01Z 2015
dc.identifier.citation Journal of Conflict Resolution (2015) 59:6, 1017-1042 en_US
dc.description.abstract Idealized independent media function as ‘‘watchdogs.’’ Indeed, human rights nongovernmental organizations have argued that media freedom will improve human rights. This makes sense intuitively, yet recent formal and empirical studies show that the effect of independent media varies across regime types. We explore the relationship among media, government, and citizen protest movements and employ a game-theoretic model to investigate how the equilibria vary depending on regime type and media independence. In terms of equilibrium, we find that media watchdogging is most active in autocracies (and not in democracies), especially when the government’s perceived capability to repress public protest is declining. Uncertainty about the government’s ability to repress plays a central role in accounting for the manifestation of media watchdogging in conjunction with public protest. Illustrations from Tunisia and North Korea are provided to highlight equilibria derived from the formal model that vary as a product of perceptions about the government’s ability to repress. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Sage en_US
dc.subject media en_US
dc.subject protest en_US
dc.subject game theory en_US
dc.subject repression en_US
dc.subject democracy en_US
dc.subject freedom of the press en_US
dc.subject repression and dissent en_US
dc.title The Role of Media in the Repression-Protest Nexus: A Game-theoretic Model en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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