This ebook, Social Evolution, Political Psychology, and the Media in Democracy: The Invisible Hand in the U.S. Marketplace of Ideas (PDF) evaluates why we believe what we believe about politics, and how the answer impacts the way democracy works. It does so by applying social evolution theory to the association between the news media and politics, using the United States as its primary example. This includes an analytical review and integration of the insights of a broad array of research, from evolutionary theory and political psychology to the political economy of media. The outcome is an empirically driven political theory on the media’s role in democracy: what role it presently plays, what role it should play, and how it can be reshaped to be more fitting for its structural role in democracy.
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