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Title: Replication data for: The Influence of News Media on Political Elites: Investigating Strategic Responsiveness in Congress      
dateReleased:
03-25-2015
downloadURL: http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/27597
ID:
doi:10.7910/DVN/27597
description:
News media play a central role in democratic politics, yet we know little about how media affect the behavior of policy makers. To understand the conditions under which news media influence political elites, we advance a theory of strategic responsiveness, which contends that elected representatives are more likely to heed their constituents' preferences when voters are attentive. Accordingly, news media's influence on legislative behavior should be most apparent near elections and dependent on the partisan composition of the constituency. We capitalize on the incremental roll-out of the conservative Fox News Channel in the late 1990s to evaluate our theoretical predictions. Fox News caused both Republicans and Democrats in Congress to increase support for the Republican Party position on divisive votes, but only in the waning months of the election cycle and among those members who represent districts with a sizable portion of Republican voters.
description:
Kevin Arceneaux; Martin Johnson; Rene Lindstadt; Ryan J. Vander Wielen, 2014, "Replication data for: The Influence of News Media on Political Elites: Investigating Strategic Responsiveness in Congress", http://dx.doi.org/10.7910/DVN/27597, Harvard Dataverse, V2
name:
Kevin Arceneaux
Martin Johnson
Rene Lindstadt
Ryan J. Vander Wielen
homePage: http://www.harvard.edu/
name:
Harvard University
ID:
SCR:011273
abbreviation:
DataVerse
homePage: http://thedata.org/
name:
Dataverse Network Project
ID:
SCR:001997