Media and Gridlock

@article{Stone2013MediaAG,
  title={Media and Gridlock},
  author={Daniel F. Stone},
  journal={Journal of Public Economics},
  year={2013},
  volume={101},
  pages={94-104}
}
I develop a model of the relation between the media environment and political obstructionism. I show that when voters are less informed by media, obstructionism becomes a more effective political signal for the minority party. The model thus implies that media change can cause gridlock via signaling; by contrast, the previous literature on causes of gridlock focuses on polarization and other factors. The model also makes several auxiliary predictions consistent with recent trends in U.S… Expand
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