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Effects of Local News on Political Representation
Unformatted Document Text:  21 We emphasize, however, that the magnitudes of the effects described we have described are never very large. Overall levels of media coverage of MCs as so low that our findings are more theoretically than practically significant. They show how heavy media could bring about less polarized politics and more delegate style of representation if, contrary to fact, media coverage were more extensive and heavier than it almost ever is. 10 Yet, the theoretical point we have sought to establish is an important one – that the abysmally low levels of political information that characterize most voters do, after all, have political consequences. Advocates of strong party government may applaud these consequences. Advocates of delegate-style representation may not. 10 At the individual level, information increases ideological polarization, as many have noted. At the aggregate level, however, this paper shows that information seems to enhance the influence of the median-voter and may thereby decrease polarization among elected MCs. We see these effects as separate and non-contradictory.

Authors: Cohen, Marty., Noel, Hans. and Zaller, John.
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We emphasize, however, that the magnitudes of the effects described we have described
are never very large. Overall levels of media coverage of MCs as so low that our
findings are more theoretically than practically significant. They show how heavy media
could bring about less polarized politics and more delegate style of representation if,
contrary to fact, media coverage were more extensive and heavier than it almost ever is.
10

Yet, the theoretical point we have sought to establish is an important one – that the
abysmally low levels of political information that characterize most voters do, after all,
have political consequences. Advocates of strong party government may applaud these
consequences. Advocates of delegate-style representation may not.
10
At the individual level, information increases ideological polarization, as many have noted. At the
aggregate level, however, this paper shows that information seems to enhance the influence of the median-
voter and may thereby decrease polarization among elected MCs. We see these effects as separate and non-
contradictory.


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