survey experiments

International Criticism of Domestic Freedoms

When outside actors criticize domestic rights and freedoms, do voters update their beliefs on rights and freedoms? We argue that messages coming from outsiders who condition resources on democracy, and who possess expertise on democracy, are more likely to change respondents’ beliefs. We also argue that partisan elites amplify or lessen the impact of outside messages by accepting or rejecting the role of an intervener, and by setting the priors of the respondent. We deploy series of survey-experiments in Turkey, close to the 2011 and 2015 elections.

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