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Creating Critical Citizens? The Causal Effect of Protests on Public Opinion

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  • Tue 15 Jan 2019 17.15 - 19.00
  Add to Calendar 2019-01-15 17:15 2019-01-15 19:00 Europe/Paris Creating Critical Citizens? The Causal Effect of Protests on Public Opinion

While contentious actions are an essential form of claims-making, our knowledge of their short-term consequences is limited. This paper fills this gap by elaborating a theory of the effect of protests on public opinion. I argue that protests can help create the kind of informed, critical citizens that many authors have considered important for the quality of democracy. This is because protests voice non-institutionalized actors instead of elites in the public debate, making that debate more relatable. I test this claim with resource to a quasi-experimental design that takes advantage of a large protest that happened during the fieldwork of the ESS5 in Portugal. Supporting the argument, exposure to the protest increased dissatisfaction with elite performance and time spent reading about politics in newspapers. I test the mechanism using a difference-in-differences design, which shows that the protest increased the number of claims by non-institutionalized actors reported in the press.

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While contentious actions are an essential form of claims-making, our knowledge of their short-term consequences is limited. This paper fills this gap by elaborating a theory of the effect of protests on public opinion. I argue that protests can help create the kind of informed, critical citizens that many authors have considered important for the quality of democracy. This is because protests voice non-institutionalized actors instead of elites in the public debate, making that debate more relatable. I test this claim with resource to a quasi-experimental design that takes advantage of a large protest that happened during the fieldwork of the ESS5 in Portugal. Supporting the argument, exposure to the protest increased dissatisfaction with elite performance and time spent reading about politics in newspapers. I test the mechanism using a difference-in-differences design, which shows that the protest increased the number of claims by non-institutionalized actors reported in the press.


Location:
Emeroteca

Affiliation:
Department of Political and Social Sciences

Type:
Working group

Contact:
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Speaker:
Valentim Vicente
 
 

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