The National Press and Party Voting in the UK

  title={The National Press and Party Voting in the UK},
  author={K. Newton and M. Brynin},
  journal={Political Studies},
  pages={265 - 285}
The difficulty with resolving the classic problem of whether newspapers influence voting patterns is self-selection: readers select a paper to fit their politics, and newspapers select particular types of readers. One way round this chicken-and-egg problem is to compare the voting behaviour of individuals whose politics are reinforced by their paper, with those who are cross-pressured by their paper, and to compare both with those who do not regularly read a paper. Using the British Household… Expand

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