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Journalism and local politics: A study of scrutiny and accountability in Swedish journalism
Örebro University, Department of Humanities.
Örebro University, Department of Humanities.
2006 (English)In: Journalism Studies, ISSN 1461-670X, E-ISSN 1469-9699, Vol. 7, no 2, p. 292-311Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Political accountability is defined as an important aspect of scrutiny. By analysing newspapers at three different points in time (1961, 1981 and 2001), this study suggests that the kind of scrutiny often mentioned in the literature, characterised by thorough investigations and disclosures of political wrongdoings, barely exists in the local press. By identifying other forms of scrutiny more closely related to ordinary news reporting, the study shows that one-third of the 1500 articles analysed display some degree of scrutiny. The local press plays an important role in communicating information and critique concerning the ways in which local authority service provision works and how political responsibilities are fulfilled. This study indicates that this role has been strengthened during the second half of the 20th century.

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London: Routledge , 2006. Vol. 7, no 2, p. 292-311
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Media and Communications
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Media and Communication Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-5273DOI: 10.1080/14616700500533627OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-5273DiVA, id: diva2:158501
Available from: 2009-02-03 Created: 2009-02-03 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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