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Democratic Representation and the Emergence of Partisan News Media: Investigating Dynamic Partisanship in Congress


Kevin Arceneaux


Temple University - Department of Political Science

Martin Johnson


University of California, Riverside - Department of Political Science

René Lindstädt


University of Essex - Department of Government

Ryan J. Vander Wielen


Temple University - Department of Political Science

September 12, 2013


Abstract:     
Technological innovations over the past decade have expanded the number of news and entertainment options available to consumers, leading to the emergence of partisan news media. We contend that the emergence of partisan media should have decisive effects on the strategic calculations of elected representatives who are chronic consumers of news media. Moreover, we theorize that partisan news media's influence on legislative behavior will be most apparent when elections are near. Exploiting the incremental roll-out of the conservative Fox News Channel in the late 1990s, we find that the emergence of Fox News caused U.S. House members to alter their levels of party support dynamically, responding both to the proximity of elections and changes in the media environment in their district. Fox News caused both Republicans and Democrats in Congress to increase support for the Republican Party on divisive votes in the waning months of the election cycle.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 50

Keywords: legislative politics, legislative behavior, U.S. Congress, U.S. House, Fox, Fox News, news media, media influence, media effect, media, parties, partisanship, roll-call voting, dynamic partisanship

JEL Classification: D70, D72, D78

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Date posted: September 13, 2013 ; Last revised: September 18, 2013

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Arceneaux, Kevin and Johnson, Martin and Lindstädt, René and Vander Wielen, Ryan J., Democratic Representation and the Emergence of Partisan News Media: Investigating Dynamic Partisanship in Congress (September 12, 2013). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2324786 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2324786

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Kevin Arceneaux
Temple University - Department of Political Science ( email )
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States
Martin Johnson
University of California, Riverside - Department of Political Science ( email )
Riverside, CA 92521
United States
Rene Lindstaedt (Contact Author)
University of Essex - Department of Government ( email )
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom
Ryan J. Vander Wielen
Temple University - Department of Political Science ( email )
Philadelphia, PA 19122
United States
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