Women in the Spotlight – Mara Faccio

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It is not often that major research projects begin with daytime television. But this was the case for a series of groundbreaking studies about the relationships between politicians and firms. As a child growing up in Italy, Mara Faccio watched cartoons on the country’s new commercial TV networks. Those networks would soon turn into the media empire that brought Silvio Berlusconi to the public stage and launched his political career. Faccio was fascinated by Berlusconi’s transition from an entertainment mogul into a politician. Watching his electoral success, Faccio began to wonder how his business empire connected to his political career: “I decided to start to look at his case and to investigate the empirical value of political ties.”

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