The Media Age and Government Accountability: An Ambiguous Relationship

  • Gergana DimovaEmail author
Part of the Challenges to Democracy in the 21st Century book series (CDC)


This chapter argues that the advancement in telecommunication technologies has not definitively made governments more or less accountable for allegations revealed in the media. It seeks to demonstrate that, theoretically speaking, the media have a double-sided influence on accountability. This realisation serves as the starting point of this book’s discussion about the larger context that defines the determinants of executive accountability. Following the recognition that the media technology can bring both negatives and positives for executive accountability, the chapter introduces a broader notion of supply of and demand for accountability, which decidedly surpasses the very ambiguous, and in the end, limited, influence of the communication technologies.


Media Accountability Ownership Forums Communication technology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Social Sciences, Forensics and PoliticsUniversity of WinchesterWinchesterUK

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