Title
The effect of local election campaigns on political knowledge. The case of the Antwerp local elections The effect of local election campaigns on political knowledge. The case of the Antwerp local elections
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Social Sciences. Political Sciences
Publication type
article
Publication
Houten ,
Subject
Mass communications
Source (journal)
Tijdschrift voor communicatiewetenschap. - Houten
Volume/pages
42(2014) :1 , p. 71-+
ISSN
1384-6930
ISI
000333137300006
Carrier
E
Target language
Dutch (dut)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Political knowledge is crucial for the functioning of democracy: only informed citizens can cast a substantiated vote. Therefore, it is especially important that citizens are informed during election campaigns. Indeed, election campaigns can educate the public on the various parties and candidates. However, extant research mostly focuses on national election campaigns. Local election campaigns often get less (media) attention, yet have been seldom researched. In this paper we investigate whether citizens also learn during local election campaigns. We use panel data collected during the 2012 Antwerp local election campaign. We find that although the campaign did cause slight knowledge gains, it mainly increased the existing knowledge gap between well- and ill-informed citizens. On the other hand the campaign did amend some other gaps: uncertain voters learned more, and voters learned most about parties they evaluated highly.
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