Mapping the Boundaries of Elite Cues: How Elites Shape Mass Opinion Across International Issues

@article{Guisinger2017MappingTB,
  title={Mapping the Boundaries of Elite Cues: How Elites Shape Mass Opinion Across International Issues},
  author={Alexandra Guisinger and Elizabeth N. Saunders},
  journal={International Studies Quarterly},
  year={2017},
  volume={61},
  pages={425-441}
}
When and how do elite messages shape mass opinion on international issues? A largely divided literature has focused on two components of elite cues — information and partisan attribution — as rival alternatives. We argue instead for an interplay of influence that depends on the characteristics of mass opinion itself: distance from expert opinion and the degree of partisan polarization. Where the divide in partisan opinion is limited, information effects should outweigh attribution effects, but… Expand

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