The Politics of Rating Freedom: Ideological Affinity, Private Authority, and the Freedom in the World Ratings

  title={The Politics of Rating Freedom: Ideological Affinity, Private Authority, and the Freedom in the World Ratings},
  author={Sarah Sunn Bush},
  journal={Perspectives on Politics},
  pages={711 - 731}
  • S. Bush
  • Published 18 August 2017
  • Psychology
  • Perspectives on Politics
The Freedom in the World (FITW) ratings of countries’ freedom, created by Freedom House in 1972, are widely used by many U.S. audiences, including journalists, policymakers, and scholars. Why and how did these ratings acquire private authority in the United States? Furthermore, why and to what extent have they retained private authority over time and across different audiences? Contrary to previous research on private authority, which emphasizes the role of raters’ expertise and independence, I… 

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