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7 - How Do Citizens Know Workers Are in Office?

Interest in Politics, News Consumption, and Evaluations of Institutions

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  26 October 2023

Tiffany D. Barnes
Affiliation:
University of Kentucky
Yann P. Kerevel
Affiliation:
Louisiana State University
Gregory W. Saxton
Affiliation:
Texas Tech University
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Summary

Chapter 7 examines how the relationship between working-class representation and positive evaluations of representative institutions varies among citizens who are more or less likely to be aware of working-class representation. Even though voters can learn about working-class representation through political campaigns, news, and paying attention to politics, we show that levels of political interest and news consumption vary dramatically among citizens within the same country – implying that not all voters are equally likely to be aware of working-class representation. Then, using survey data from across Latin America, we demonstrate that the positive relationship between working-class representation and better evaluations of representative institutions is strongest among citizens with high levels of political interest and those who are avid news followers.

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Working Class Inclusion
Evaluations of Democratic Institutions in Latin America
, pp. 182 - 203
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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