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date: 23 May 2019

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This chapter explores the evidence on how media coverage generates spillovers that influence the election and actions of local politicians. If a news story influences a reader’s decisions about turning out to vote, supporting an incumbent, or selecting a particular party’s candidates, these decisions may have spillovers on other people in the community. If politicians anticipate these spillover effects when making their own choices, or if they learn new facts that cause them to change their public actions, this is another way that the media can affect local politics.

Keywords: political accountability, media effects, spillovers, local elections, newspapers, television

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