Presentation Title

From the Courts to the Campaign Trail: An Analysis of County Prosecutors’ Websites

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Department

Political Science

Major

Political Science, Economics

Abstract

In this study, I examine how county prosecutors’ websites present information to their constituencies. To do so, I conducted both a descriptive and explanatory analysis of 73 prosecutors’ webpages in California and Arizona. In my descriptive analysis, I find that prosecutors’ websites vary widely in presented services and have few consistent features. In my explanatory analysis, I find that population is a significant predictor of the webpages’ content. Thus, the correlation of the features of prosecutors’ websites with the population of a county suggests that access to information and services may be contingent upon population size and draws into question the equity of representation between populations of different sizes.

Faculty Mentor

Brian Newman

Location

Plaza Classroom 191

Start Date

24-3-2017 3:45 PM

End Date

24-3-2017 4:00 PM

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From the Courts to the Campaign Trail: An Analysis of County Prosecutors’ Websites

Plaza Classroom 191

In this study, I examine how county prosecutors’ websites present information to their constituencies. To do so, I conducted both a descriptive and explanatory analysis of 73 prosecutors’ webpages in California and Arizona. In my descriptive analysis, I find that prosecutors’ websites vary widely in presented services and have few consistent features. In my explanatory analysis, I find that population is a significant predictor of the webpages’ content. Thus, the correlation of the features of prosecutors’ websites with the population of a county suggests that access to information and services may be contingent upon population size and draws into question the equity of representation between populations of different sizes.