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Political scandals, newspapers, and the election cycle
Jönköping University, Jönköping International Business School, JIBS, Economics.
Hamburg Media School, Hamburg, Germany.
2019 (English)In: Political Behavior, ISSN 0190-9320, E-ISSN 1573-6687Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

Election outcomes are often influenced by political scandals. While a scandal usually has negative consequences for the ones being accused of a transgression, political opponents and even media outlets may benefit. Anecdotal evidence suggests that certain scandals could be orchestrated, especially if they are reported right before an election. This study examines the timing of news coverage of political scandals relative to the national election cycle in Germany. Using data from electronic newspaper archives, we document a positive and highly significant relationship between coverage of government scandals and the election cycle. On average, one additional month closer to an election increases the amount of scandal coverage by 1.3%, which is equivalent to a 62% difference in coverage between the first and the last month of a four-year cycle. We provide suggestive evidence that this pattern can be explained by political motives of the actors involved in the production of scandal, rather than business motives by the newspapers.

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Springer, 2019.
Keywords [en]
Campaign, Information strategy, News coverage, Voting
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalisation Studies) Media Studies Public Administration Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-47041DOI: 10.1007/s11109-019-09577-2ISI: 000495219800001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85076545698Local ID: ;IHHÖvrigtISOAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-47041DiVA, id: diva2:1376740
Available from: 2019-12-10 Created: 2019-12-10 Last updated: 2020-01-02

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