Media Competition and Electoral Politics

A. Piolatto, F. Schuett

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Abstract

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
PublisherEconomics
Number of pages39
Volume2013-072
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Publication series

NameCentER Discussion Paper
Volume2013-072

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Keywords

  • 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.