Media Competition and Electoral Politics

A. Piolatto, F. Schuett

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Abstract: We build a framework linking competition in the media market to political participation, media slant, and selection of politicians. Media outlets report on the ability of candidates running for office and compete for audience through their choice of slant. Citizens derive utility from following a rule that maximises their group's welfare. The rule speci fies whether to vote and consume news. Our results can reconcile seemingly contradictory empirical evidence showing that entry in the media market can either increase or decrease turnout. We also provide insights about the impact of competition on the most competent candidate's chance of election.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTilburg
Number of pages39
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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NameCentER Discussion Paper



  • Demand for news
  • Electoral turnout
  • Group-rule utilitarianism
  • Media bias

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Piolatto, A., & Schuett, F. (2013). Media Competition and Electoral Politics. (CentER Discussion Paper; Vol. 2013-072). Tilburg: Economics.