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The Enron Scandal

Ronald N. Jacobs

in The Space of Opinion

Published in print October 2011 | ISBN: 9780199797929
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944170 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199797929.003.0007
The Enron Scandal

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Chapter 7 is an in-depth case-study of opinion narratives of the Enron scandal, beginning December 2001. It finds that while narratives of elite corruption dominated commentary about the scandal, print opinion focused on economic corruption and the need for financial regulation, while television opinion overwhelmingly focused on political corruption and the need for campaign finance reform, honing closely to the party positions of the political field. Surprisingly, the two narratives were not often linked together.

Keywords: democratic deliberation; critical rationality; opinion format; Enron; opinion narrative; autonomy; influence; complexity; New York Times; USA Today

Chapter.  10600 words. 

Subjects: Sociology

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