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Title:Agenda building and the politics of regime legitimacy in East Africa
Author:Kalyango, YusufISNI
Periodical:Ecquid Novi: African Journalism Studies (ISSN 0256-0054)
Geographic term:East Africa
Subjects:mass media
Abstract:This study examines agenda building and politics in East Africa, notably how the governments of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania influence public attitudes to legitimize their regimes through the news media. It is based on a survey of 1395 citizens in 15 provinces of East Africa, who were selected using a stratified multistage cluster sampling. The period of concern is 1992-1007, during which the current wave of democratization and liberalization of the news media occurred. Hierarchical Linear Models (HLM) estimated whether government influence on public attitudes towards regime legitimacy vary between users of State-owned and privately owned media, while accounting for education levels. The results indicate that government influence on public attitudes towards regime legitimacy had a negative influence within provinces and had no significant positive influence across provinces when education levels were high. The data also show that those governments build their political influence by taking advantage of citizens who are less educated and lack a basic understanding of their political rights. Bibliogr., note, sum. [Journal abstract]