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The Effect of Press System Properties on Electoral Participation in Established Democracies


Müller, L; Wüest, B (2011). The Effect of Press System Properties on Electoral Participation in Established Democracies. In: NCCR Workshop "Democracy Barometer", Zürich, 17 November 2011 - 17 November 2011.

Abstract

In modern democracies elections are considered the central mechanism for people to control their political representatives. Yet, an effective control requires both knowledge of the incumbents’ performance and visibility of alternative party options in electoral contests. This paper evaluates how the press system contributes to these premises. By means of cross-national multilevel analysis, we test whether well-balanced and critical media coverage mobilizes voters to go to the polls and countervails the impact of individual prerequisites for political participation. Contrary to normative ex-pectations, our results indicate that ideologically biased press systems lead to higher turnout and reduce the importance of personal resources and characteristics.

In modern democracies elections are considered the central mechanism for people to control their political representatives. Yet, an effective control requires both knowledge of the incumbents’ performance and visibility of alternative party options in electoral contests. This paper evaluates how the press system contributes to these premises. By means of cross-national multilevel analysis, we test whether well-balanced and critical media coverage mobilizes voters to go to the polls and countervails the impact of individual prerequisites for political participation. Contrary to normative ex-pectations, our results indicate that ideologically biased press systems lead to higher turnout and reduce the importance of personal resources and characteristics.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Event End Date:17 November 2011
Deposited On:25 Jan 2012 13:23
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 15:18
Official URL:http://www.nccr-democracy.uzh.ch
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-53923

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