The Incumbency Bonus Revisited: Causes and Consequences of Media Dominance

  title={The Incumbency Bonus Revisited: Causes and Consequences of Media Dominance},
  author={Christoffer Green-Pedersen and Peter B. Mortensen and Gunnar Thesen},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  pages={131 - 148}
The literature on political actors’ media appearances has repeatedly documented the so-called incumbency bonus (that parties and politicians in government have more media coverage than those in the opposition). This bias is normally attributed to news criteria that reflect political power, such as relevance and the elite status of actors. Supplementing existing perspectives, this study puts forward a new explanation of the incumbency bonus. The article argues that variations in the media… 
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