Press Freedom and Global Politics

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Press Freedom and Cooperation

Thus far, the analysis of how press freedom influences international relations and shapes global politics has been limited to conflict. One reason for this is that despite the indeterminate and difficult to interpret results for the monadic hypotheses examined in Chapter 6, the dyadic effect, the pacifying effect of shared press freedom, is clearly robust and substantial. Further, the initial hypothesis that led to the collection of the press freedom data, and ultimately to this book, grew out of a study of war. Thus, an initial focus on conflict and militarized disputes is not surprising. Still, there is more to international relations than conflict. This chapter uses analyses of two types of U.S. aid allocations, development aid and disaster aid, as examples of how press freedom might effect cooperative interactions in international politics. Obviously, aid is not the only area of international cooperation that could be used, but it has several qualities that lend themselves to an empirical analysis.

Exploring the possible effects of press freedom on cooperation is not a simple undertaking. It is often difficult to identify a large set of comparable instances of cooperative interactions directed from one state specifically at another. Unlike conflict, cooperative interactions between states tend to be diffuse, such as open trade, or indirect, such as participation in multilateral organizations like the World Bank. Some co- operative actions, such as alliance formation, are actually a component of international conflict, which creates further difficulties when trying to

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Preface ix
  • 1 - Press Freedom and Global Politics 1
  • Notes 8
  • 2 - Rational Foreign Policy Choice 9
  • Notes 24
  • 3 - The Press and Foreign Policy 25
  • Notes 44
  • 4 - Press Freedom and Militarized Disputes 47
  • Notes 73
  • 5 - Press Freedom and Lethal International Conflicts 77
  • Notes 93
  • 6 - A Monadic Effect for Press Freedom in Lethal International Conflicts 95
  • Notes 103
  • 7 - Press Freedom and Cooperation 105
  • Notes 127
  • 8 Conclusions 129
  • Appendix Measuring Global Press Freedom 137
  • Notes 148
  • Bibliography 149
  • Index 167
  • About the Author 171
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