How politics-news parallelism invigorates partisanship strength

S. Nechama Horwitz*, Lilach Nir

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Although past research has found that news exposure correlates with strong partisanship, insights are based on single-country studies. Other studies have shown that cross-national variations in news systems correlate with turnout, but have not explored partisanship. The current study fills this gap by testing the strength of the relationship between news exposure and partisanship cross-nationally. We argue that the greater the political parallelism in news systems, the stronger the correlation between news exposure and partisanship and the smaller the gaps in partisanship between those most and least educated. Multivariate analyses of the cross-national European Social Survey find empirical support for both hypotheses.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)153-167
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Political Science Review
Issue number2
StatePublished - 25 Mar 2015

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  • cross-national comparison
  • mass media effects
  • media systems
  • news exposure
  • news institutions
  • parties
  • partisanship
  • political attitudes
  • political communication
  • political psychology
  • press-party parallelism


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