What prevents knowledge inequalities among citizens from increasing? Evidence from direct-democratic campaigns in Switzerland

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ID Serval
serval:BIB_1B97B6B8FC69
Type
Article: article d'un périodique ou d'un magazine.
Collection
Publications
Titre
What prevents knowledge inequalities among citizens from increasing? Evidence from direct-democratic campaigns in Switzerland
Périodique
Studies in Communication Sciences
Auteur(s)
Bernhard Laurent
ISSN
1424-4896
Statut éditorial
Publié
Date de publication
14/11/2018
Volume
18
Numéro
1
Pages
103-116
Langue
anglais
Résumé
This article seeks to enrich the normative debate on the advantages and drawbacks of direct democracy
through an empirical analysis of individual learning about the contents of ballot propositions during campaigns.
Following the knowledge gap paradigm, this article examines the factors that prevent socio-economic-
knowledge inequalities among citizens from increasing. I argue that ballot propositions of low complexity
exert a moderating influence, since such environments provide citizens with easy learning situations.
The empirical analysis, based on panel survey data on three federal level votes that took place in Switzerland
from 2006 to 2008, supports the issue complexity hypothesis.
Mots-clé
Campaigns: Direct democracy, Political knowledge, Switzerland
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