17thFebruary, 2022 marked the 30thanniversary ofTangentopoli, the most important cor-ruption scandal in Italian history. In this study we will attempt to reconstruct the contro-versial role of the media in the scandal in order to provide insights that help to understandthe existing link between journalism and corruption. Based on a Bourdieusian perspective,wewilltrytoseehowvariousfactors, exogenousandendogenous, haveproducedpressuresboth in terms of autonomy and heteronomy to the journalistic field. The proposed analy-sis will be both theoretical and empirical, with data retrieved from journalistic coverage ofthe time. Unlike media- and political-centric approaches, which tend to produce mono-causal explanations, the article sheds light on the interplay of different factors (political,economic, judicial and media-related) that made the scandal ofTangentopolipossible.

Revisiting Tangentopoli 30 Years Later: Why Have the Media Shifted from Party Collateralism to Adversarial Reporting?

Roberto Mincigrucci
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Marco Mazzoni
2023

Abstract

17thFebruary, 2022 marked the 30thanniversary ofTangentopoli, the most important cor-ruption scandal in Italian history. In this study we will attempt to reconstruct the contro-versial role of the media in the scandal in order to provide insights that help to understandthe existing link between journalism and corruption. Based on a Bourdieusian perspective,wewilltrytoseehowvariousfactors, exogenousandendogenous, haveproducedpressuresboth in terms of autonomy and heteronomy to the journalistic field. The proposed analy-sis will be both theoretical and empirical, with data retrieved from journalistic coverage ofthe time. Unlike media- and political-centric approaches, which tend to produce mono-causal explanations, the article sheds light on the interplay of different factors (political,economic, judicial and media-related) that made the scandal ofTangentopolipossible.
2023
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