Post-Broadcast Democracy How Media Choice Increases Inequality in Political Involvement and Polarizes Elections

ISBN-10: 0521675332

ISBN-13: 9780521675338

Edition: 2007

Authors: Markus Prior, James H. Kuklinski, Dennis Chong

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The broadcast network is changing. Today in the United States, the average viewer can choose from hundreds of channels, including several twenty-four hour news channels. News is on cell phones, on iPods, and online; it has become a ubiquitous and unavoidable reality in modern society. The purpose of this book is to examine systematically, how these differences in access and form of media affect political behaviour. Using experiments and new survey data, it shows how changes in the media environment reverberate through the political system, affecting news exposure, political learning, turnout, and voting behaviour.
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List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 4/2/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 338
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Markus Prior is Assistant Professor of Politics and Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School and the Department of Politics at Princeton University. He received his Ph.D. from Stanford's Department of Communication in 2004. He is the author of Post-Broadcast Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2007), an early version of which won the E. E. Schattschneider Award for the best dissertation in American politics, awarded by the American Political Science Association. The book examines how broadcast television, cable television and the internet have changed politics in the United States over the last half-century. His work has also appeared in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, and Political Communication.

List of Tables
List of Figures
Conditional Political Learning
The Participatory Effects of Media Choice
Broadcast Television, Political Knowledge, and Turnout
Appendix to Chapter 3: Measuring Political Knowledge, Nes 1952-1968
From Low Choice to High Choice: The Impact of Cable Television and Internet on News Exposure, Political Knowledge, and Turnout
Appendix to Chapter 4: Description of Knowledge Measures
From Low Choice to High Choice: Does Greater Media Choice Affect Total News Consumption and Average Turnout?
The Political Effects of Media Choice
Broadcast Television, Partisanship, and the Incumbency Advantage
Partisan Polarization in the High-Choice Media Environment
Appendix to Chapter 7: Using a Selection Model to Simulate Partisan Vote Strength in the Full Electorate
Divided by Choice: Audience Fragmentation and Political Inequality in the Post-Broadcast Media Environment
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