Mass Administrative Reorganization, Media Attention, and the Paradox of Information

Anthony M. Bertelli, J. Andrew Sinclair

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Abstract

How does media attention influence government decisions about whether to terminate independent administrative agencies? The authors argue that an agency's salience with partisan audiences has a direct effect, but a high media profile can disrupt normal government monitoring processes and obfuscate termination decisions. This argument is evaluated in the context of a recent mass administrative reorganization by the British coalition government using probit and heteroscedastic probit regression models. The evidence suggests that termination is less likely for agencies salient in newspapers popular with the government's core supporters but not those read by its minority coalition partner. We also find that agencies with greater overall newspaper salience as well as younger agencies have a higher error variance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)855-866
Number of pages12
JournalPublic Administration Review
Volume75
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Public Administration
  • Marketing

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