Press Freedom and Global Politics

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Appendix
Measuring Global Press Freedom

The primary purpose of this appendix is to present some of the details of the coding process for the key independent variable, the press freedom of states during the period 1948-1992. After an overview of the trends in the number of free press states around the globe during the period covered by this study, an interesting correlation between trends in the growth of free presses and the Nixon presidency is noted. For the speculation and policy prescriptions made in this book's conclusion, the possible connection between external forces and the press freedom within states suggests that positive action can be successfully taken to support the continued growth of press freedom throughout the world. At the end of this appendix, the high correlation between press freedom and democracy, mentioned at the beginning of Chapter 4, is discussed in more detail.


MEASURING PRESS FREEDOM

Compiling an empirical measure of the press freedom of states to use in the statistical analysis of hypotheses was a substantial task in and of itself. Surprisingly, prior to the work done to collect the data for these studies there was no readily available, comprehensive data set that measured global press freedom over an extended temporal domain. There are a few cross-sectional studies from the early 1960s ( Banks and Textor,

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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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