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Mass media and the attribution of blame for globalization

Mass media and the attribution of blame for globalization
Mass media and the attribution of blame for globalization
Much is known about the domestic politics of globalization but political scientists have largely ignored one critical link between the international economy and many individuals around the world: mass media. Considering the likely effects of mass media on public perceptions of responsibility, this article develops an argument about the effects of mass media on individuals' blame attributions for the adjustment costs of economic globalization. The theory is tested on survey data from France in 1992-1993. The evidence shows that mass media shift the public’s blame attributions away from the government and toward external, international forces. The key implication is that the effect of media on blame attributions for globalization may decrease electoral accountability for the consequences of international economic policymaking.
media, globalisation, blame, public opinion
1476-3419
Murphy, Justin
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Murphy, Justin
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Murphy, Justin (2017) Mass media and the attribution of blame for globalization. French Politics. (doi:10.1057/s41253-017-0032-y).

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Much is known about the domestic politics of globalization but political scientists have largely ignored one critical link between the international economy and many individuals around the world: mass media. Considering the likely effects of mass media on public perceptions of responsibility, this article develops an argument about the effects of mass media on individuals' blame attributions for the adjustment costs of economic globalization. The theory is tested on survey data from France in 1992-1993. The evidence shows that mass media shift the public’s blame attributions away from the government and toward external, international forces. The key implication is that the effect of media on blame attributions for globalization may decrease electoral accountability for the consequences of international economic policymaking.

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Accepted/In Press date: 20 April 2017
e-pub ahead of print date: 20 June 2017
Keywords: media, globalisation, blame, public opinion

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Local EPrints ID: 412153
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/412153
ISSN: 1476-3419
PURE UUID: 4f414ccf-fe35-4438-8f45-eb08911e4881

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Date deposited: 12 Jul 2017 16:30
Last modified: 23 Jul 2022 04:17

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