Internet Penetration, Government Transparency, and Private Sector Development

Global Trends and an Analysis of Argentina as a Case Study

ABSTRACT

Growing global Internet access is commonly thought to be a liberalizing, transparency-building, and economically empowering influence for a modern society.  This paper presents a qualitative and statistical study which suggests that greater Internet penetration generally eliminates economic barriers to growth and market entry by effectively combatting the most serious ills of corruption.  However, the study also shows how one particular form of politics (populism) provides a notable exception to this trend.  Through a case study analysis of a large, influential country with a populist tradition (Argentina), the paper shows that Internet growth can create a situation where corruption and democracy collude and ossify, increasing access to more citizens while simultaneously promoting a more opaque business environment.

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William Vogt

Georgetown University

wjv2@georgetown.edu

Citation:

Vogt, William 2015. “Internet Penetration, Government Transparency, and Private Sector Development: Global Trends and an Analysis of Argentina as a Case Study,” Electronic Media & Politics, 1 (6): 1-12