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dc.contributor.authorFortunato, David
Stevenson, Randolph T.
Vonnahme, Greg
dc.date.accessioned 2017-05-19T19:09:40Z
dc.date.available 2017-05-19T19:09:40Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Fortunato, David, Stevenson, Randolph T. and Vonnahme, Greg. "Context and Political Knowledge: Explaining Cross-National Variation in Partisan Left-Right Knowledge." The Journal of Politics, 78, no. 4 (2016) The University of Chicago Press: 1211-1228. https://doi.org/10.1086/686689.
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/1911/94300
dc.description.abstract We present a theory that links variation in aggregate levels of political knowledge across countries and over time to corresponding differences in the political context in which voters become (or do not become) informed. Specifically, we argue that the level of partisan left-right knowledge in a given context ultimately depends on how useful the left-right metaphor is for organizing, simplifying, or otherwise facilitating voters’ understanding of political processes. Using survey data on the distribution of left-right knowledge in 59 different contexts (in 18 countries), our analysis reveals that voters understand the relative left-right positioning of parties to a much greater degree when these positions are important predictors of the composition of policy-making coalitions, but that variation in this knowledge does not correspond to the accuracy with which the relative left-right positions of parties predicts more narrow policy positions.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.publisher The University of Chicago Press
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dc.title Context and Political Knowledge: Explaining Cross-National Variation in Partisan Left-Right Knowledge
dc.type Journal article
dc.citation.journalTitle The Journal of Politics
dc.subject.keywordcoalition politics
political institutions
political knowledge
dc.citation.volumeNumber 78
dc.citation.issueNumber 4
dc.type.dcmi Text
dc.identifier.doihttps://doi.org/10.1086/686689
dc.type.publication publisher version
dc.citation.firstpage 1211
dc.citation.lastpage 1228


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