Attention Must Be Paid: Political Awareness and Trade Preference Formation

  title={Attention Must Be Paid: Political Awareness and Trade Preference Formation},
  author={Yu-Ming Liou and P. Sima-Eichler},
  journal={Political Behavior: Voting \& Public Opinion eJournal},
What explains public opinion on trade? Many scholars of trade opinion argue that individuals form opinions about trade based upon personal economic interest. However, public opinion research suggests that individuals are rarely able to connect the effects of national policies with their own interests. This paper addresses this puzzle. Based on over three decades of public and elite survey data, we find that higher levels of political awareness robustly predict greater support for free trade… Expand
1 Citations
The Impact of In-group Favoritism on Trade Preferences
Abstract Using a population-based survey experiment, this study evaluates the role of in-group favoritism in influencing American attitudes toward international trade. By systematically alteringExpand


The Determinants of Individual Trade Policy Preferences: International Survey Evidence
What determines trade policy? While this may seem to be mainly a question for political scientists, it is of increasing concern to international trade theorists, faced with the obvious disjunctionExpand
Self-Interest vs. Symbolic Politics in Policy Attitudes and Presidential Voting
This article contrasts short-term self-interest and longstanding symbolic attitudes as determinants of (1) voters' attitudes toward government policy on four controversial issues (unemployment,Expand
Cognitive Heterogeneity and Economic Voting: A Comparative Analysis of Four Democratic Electorates
This article examines the cognitive foundations of economic voting in four diverse democratic electorates: Canada, Hungary, Mexico, and Taiwan. We present a theory of heterogeneous attribution, whereExpand
What Determines Individual Trade Policy Preferences?
This paper provides new evidence on the determinants of individual trade policy preferences using an individual-level data set identifying both stated trade policy preferences and potential tradeExpand
This is a highly selective review of the huge literature bearing on the capacity of mass electorates for issue voting, in view of the great (mal)distribution of political information across theExpand
Contextualizing Personal Experience: The Role of Mass Media
This study considers competing theories concerning the role of mass media in hindering or facilitating the translation of personal experiences into political preferences. Using national survey andExpand
The Nature and Origins of Mass Opinion.
List of tables and figures Preface 1. Introduction: the fragmented state of opinion research 2. Information, predispositions, and opinion 3. How citizens acquire information and convert it intoExpand
Beyond SES: A Resource Model of Political Participation
This paper develops a resource model of political participation. The resources considered are time, money, and civic skills—those communications and organizational capacities that are essential toExpand
Economic Determinants of Electoral Outcomes
Economic conditions shape election outcomes in the world's democracies. Good times keep parties in office, bad times cast them out. This proposition is robust, as the voluminous body of researchExpand
In Time of War: Understanding American Public Opinion from World War II to Iraq
From World War II to the war in Iraq, periods of international conflict seem like unique moments in U.S. political history - but when it comes to public opinion, they are not. To make this groundExpand