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Elite Polarization and Mass Political Engagement: Information, Alienation, and Mobilization

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Authors
Lee, Jae Mook
Issue Date
2013-06
Publisher
Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.20 No.1, pp. 89-109
Keywords
Elite PolarizationMass Political EngagementAlienationMobilizationPolitical Information
Abstract
Using the cumulative ANES survey (1972-2004), this paper examines the effect of elite polarization on various measures of mass political engagement when alienation, mobilization and informational

factors are included together in the estimation model. I also focus on the conditional effect of existing

cognitive ability of an individual as I explore mass engagement question because citizens can respond

differently to changed informational environment depending on their different levels of education. The

findings of this study indicate that the effects of increasing elite polarization in the U.S. Congress on

mass political engagement is rather ambiguous because the signs and the magnitudes of the effects are

varying by measures of political engagement and levels of education. The ambiguity in findings might

explain why previous research has provided conflicting empirical evidences regarding its effect on mass politics.
ISSN
1226-8550
Language
English
URI
http://hdl.handle.net/10371/96552
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