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2020-05-01Zeitschriftenartikel DOI: 10.18452/22168
Does Public Opinion Affect Political Speech?
dc.contributor.authorHager, Anselm
dc.contributor.authorHilbig, Hanno
dc.date.accessioned2020-11-19T10:19:14Z
dc.date.available2020-11-19T10:19:14Z
dc.date.issued2020-05-01none
dc.identifier.other10.1111/ajps.12516
dc.identifier.urihttp://edoc.hu-berlin.de/18452/22793
dc.description.abstractDoes public opinion affect political speech? Of particular interest is whether public opinion affects (i) what topics politicians address and (ii) what positions they endorse. We present evidence from Germany where the government was recently forced to declassify its public opinion research, allowing us to link the content of the research to subsequent speeches. Our causal identification strategy exploits the exogenous timing of the research's dissemination to cabinet members within a window of a few days. We find that exposure to public opinion research leads politicians to markedly change their speech. First, we show that linguistic similarity between political speech and public opinion research increases significantly after reports are passed on to the cabinet, suggesting that politicians change the topics they address. Second, we demonstrate that exposure to public opinion research alters politicians' substantive positions in the direction of majority opinion.eng
dc.language.isoengnone
dc.publisherHumboldt-Universität zu Berlin
dc.rights(CC BY 4.0) Attribution 4.0 Internationalger
dc.rights.urihttps://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject.ddc320 Politikwissenschaftnone
dc.titleDoes Public Opinion Affect Political Speech?none
dc.typearticle
dc.identifier.urnurn:nbn:de:kobv:11-110-18452/22793-3
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.18452/22168
dc.type.versionpublishedVersionnone
local.edoc.container-titleAmerican journal of political sciencenone
local.edoc.pages17none
local.edoc.type-nameZeitschriftenartikel
local.edoc.institutionKultur-, Sozial- und Bildungswissenschaftliche Fakultätnone
local.edoc.container-typeperiodical
local.edoc.container-type-nameZeitschrift
local.edoc.container-publisher-nameWileynone
local.edoc.container-publisher-placeHoboken, NJnone
local.edoc.container-volume64none
local.edoc.container-issue4none
local.edoc.container-firstpage921none
local.edoc.container-lastpage937none
dc.description.versionPeer Reviewednone
dc.identifier.eissn1540-5907

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