A Spatial Theory of Media Slant and Voter Choice

@article{Duggan2011AST,
  title={A Spatial Theory of Media Slant and Voter Choice},
  author={John Duggan and C{\'e}sar Martinelli},
  journal={The Review of Economic Studies},
  year={2011},
  volume={78},
  pages={640-666}
}
We develop a theory of media slant as a systematic filtering of political news that reduces multidimensional politics to the one-dimensional space perceived by voters. Economic and political choices are interdependent in our theory: expected electoral results influence economic choices, and economic choices in turn influence voting behaviour. In a two-candidate election, we show that media favouring the front-runner will focus on issues unlikely to deliver a surprise, while media favouring the… Expand

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