Comparative corrective action: Perceived media bias and political action in 17 countries


Barnidge, Matthew ; Rojas, Hernando ; Beck, Paul A. ; Schmitt-Beck, Rüdiger



DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/edz043
URL: https://academic.oup.com/ijpor/advance-article-abs...
Additional URL: https://www.semanticscholar.org/paper/Comparative-...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication Online: 2019
The title of a journal, publication series: International Journal of Public Opinion Research
Volume: tba
Page range: edz043
Place of publication: Oxford
Publishing house: Oxford Univ. Press
ISSN: 0954-2892 , 1471-6909
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
School of Social Sciences > Politische Wissenschaft I (Schmitt-Beck)
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: The corrective action hypothesis predicts that people will take political action in response to media content they perceive to be biased against them, and evidence has accumulated in favor of it. However, research has not yet investigated the hypothesis in comparative context. This study fills that gap in the literature, relying on the Comparative National Election Project (N = 23,527), and analyzing data from 17 countries. Results show evidence of an overall positive relationship between perceived media bias and political action, and they also show evidence that this relationship varies in strength between countries. Moreover, press freedom partially explains this variation. Results are discussed in light of the theory of corrective action and recent trends in political participation worldwide.

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