Political Polarization and the Electoral Effects of Media Bias

  title={Political Polarization and the Electoral Effects of Media Bias},
  author={Dan Bernhardt and Stefan Krasa and Mattias Polborn},
  journal={Law \& Positive Political Theory eJournal},
Many political commentators diagnose an increasing polarization of the U.S. electorate into two opposing camps. However, in standard spatial voting models, changes in the political preference distribution are irrelevant as long as the position of the median voter does not change. We show that media bias provides a mechanism through which political polarization can affect electoral outcomes. In our model, media firms’ profits depend on their audience rating. Maximizing profits may involve… Expand
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