Apathetic accountability

dc.contributor.advisorWlezien, Christopher
dc.creatorDye, Connor William
dc.date.accessioned2020-05-18T22:39:16Z
dc.date.available2020-05-18T22:39:16Z
dc.date.created2019-12
dc.date.issued2020-03-26
dc.date.submittedDecember 2019
dc.date.updated2020-05-18T22:39:16Z
dc.description.abstractConventional wisdom suggests that parties adjust their ideological positioning to gain vote share. However, recent findings indicate that voters only alter their perceptions of party policy positions based on information they find credible. I extend these findings by testing whether citizens change their opinions toward a political party in response to information produced during a campaign. Using data from two German Election Panel Studies covering 2002-2013, I demonstrate that partisans change their opinions toward their party based on information produced during the campaign. Moreover, I demonstrate that partisans are more likely to utilize information produced in campaigns than nonpartisans to form their perceptions of a party's ideological positioning. These findings have important implications for party election strategies and for political representation
dc.description.departmentGovernment
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2152/81286
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.26153/tsw/8294
dc.language.isoen
dc.subjectPolitical campaigns
dc.subjectRepresentation
dc.subjectComparative behavior
dc.subjectVoter perceptions
dc.subjectPolitical party ideological positioning
dc.subjectPolitically partisan behavior
dc.subjectPolitically nonpartisan behavior
dc.subjectPolitical campaign effectiveness
dc.titleApathetic accountability
dc.typeThesis
dc.type.materialtext
thesis.degree.departmentGovernment
thesis.degree.disciplineGovernment
thesis.degree.grantorThe University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.nameMaster of Arts

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