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Police Brutality & Political Participation: Newspaper intermediated impact of events upon political activity outcomes in USA during the late 20th century
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economics.
2015 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 80 credits / 120 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper seeks to measure the effects of instances of police brutality upon different political participation outcomes. The instances are identified by the use of keyword searching in a newspaper database sorted by states and across time. This treatment variable is then used in a fixed effects model to isolate the effects of these occurrences upon outcomes taken from the American National Election Studies time-series dataset ranging from 1947-2012. The main findings of the paper is that instances of police brutality have a significant positive effect on certain outcomes which are sensitive towards time fixed effects. Furthermore, through a sub-group analysis it is concluded that the estimated effects are driven by the white portion of the sample. 

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2015. , 69 p.
Keyword [en]
Police Brutality, Political Participation, Fixed Effects, Newspaper Articles, American National Election Studies, Media, USA
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-255963OAI: diva2:824207
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Master Programme in Economics
Available from: 2015-06-24 Created: 2015-06-21 Last updated: 2015-06-30Bibliographically approved

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