Media systems and voter knowledge : an agent-based model
Title: Media systems and voter knowledge : an agent-based model
Author: SCHOONVELDE, Martijn
Series/Number: EUI MWP; 2015/05
This paper presents an agent-based model explaining voter knowledge in the context of electoral competition. It shows that a set of simple behavioral rules implemented by voters, parties and media outlets generates novel (and testable) predictions regarding the mass-mediated underpinnings of aggregated voter knowledge and party representativeness. More specifically, it finds that increasing competition among media outlets has a positive effect on the political knowledge of the electorate at large. It also finds that increasing media competition leads to parties that are more accountable to the median voter, but only when voters care about the quality of the news alone.
Subject: Voter knowledge; Party competition; Incomplete information; Media reporting; Agent-based modeling
Type of Access: openAccess