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Has Income Inequality or Media Fragmentation Increased Political Polarization?
Has Income Inequality or Media Fragmentation Increased Political Polarization?
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By John Duca (au); Jason Saving (au)
Year: 2012
Pages: 30
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-4578-4983-1

Product Code: 1457849836

The increasing polarization of Congressional voting patterns has been attributed to factors including generational shifts, economic conditions, increased media fragmentation, and greater income inequality. The first of these factors is difficult to test with time series data owing to the low frequency of generational shifts, while the tendency of business cycles to reverse suggests that economic cycles are unable to account for long-term shifts in polarization. This leaves two main possible long-run drivers: the increasingly fragmented state of American media, and increased income inequality. The authors find evidence indicating that media fragmentation has played a more important role than inequality. Periods when the share of Americans with access to cable or satellite TV has risen are followed by upward shifts in polarization. Results also suggest that the polarization arising from media fragmentation or inequality may make it more difficult to achieve the political consensus needed to address major challenges, such as the long-run fiscal imbalances facing the U.S. Figures and tables. This is a print on demand report.

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