Knowledge is power: Mobile internet, government confidence, and populism (VOX)

Information and communication technology has no doubt had a positive economic impact globally, but its political bearing is less clear. This column shows that the proliferation of mobile technology reduces citizens’ confidence in their current governments, especially in places where news broadcasting is censored but the internet is not. Furthermore, by reducing the cost of reaching voters, the internet has also led to increased support for both left-wing and right-wing populist movements.

https://voxeu.org/article/mobile-internet-government-confidence-and-populism

Sergei Guriev, Nikita Melnikov, Ekaterina Zhuravskaya

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