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Diana C. Mutz & Eunji Kim

In: The SAGE Handbook of Electoral Behaviour: Volume 2

Chapter 32: Economic Voting in a New Media Environment: Preliminary Evidence and Implications

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Economic Voting in a New Media Environment: Preliminary Evidence and Implications
Economic Voting in a New Media Environment: Preliminary Evidence and Implications
Diana C. MutzEunji Kim

In this chapter we explore the implications of the new media environment for current and future research on the impact of media on economic perceptions. Although scholars have long studied mass media as a possible source of variation in people's perceptions of national economic change, recent developments in the media environment call for re-evaluating both the dominant theories and past findings. We begin by briefly sketching the origins of interest in this research question, then review what is known from past studies of media influence on economic perceptions. Next we outline changes in the media environment that suggest both a ...

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