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actions, such as voting behaviour, are shaped by television. Even if television is influential only at the margin, the changes it brings can be very important in first-past-the-post electoral systems, such as those of Canada, the United Kingdom, and the United States. If the institutions of television (and the other mass media) are not symmetrical with those of the nation-state's political system, then, it is assumed, television will transmit inappropriate signals to viewers, signals that do not fit the political system and, as viewers act politically, are in turn