Priming effects during the financial crisis: accessibility and applicability mechanisms behind government approval
2014 (English)In: European Political Science Review, ISSN 1755-7739, E-ISSN 1755-7747, Vol. 6, no 4, 597-520 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
This study investigates priming effects during the global financial crisis that erupted in September 2008. Using two longitudinal data sources on public opinion dynamics in Sweden between 2007 and 2010, we find no evidence of a basic priming hypothesis. Drawing upon the distinction between accessibility and applicability mechanisms, however, additional analysis indicates that priming of economic considerations was moderated by citizens’ attributions of responsibility for current economic developments. These results support the notion of priming as a two-step process, whereby heavy news coverage of the
financial crisis increases the accessibility of economic considerations among the audience, but whether these considerations are used in government approval assessments depends on their perceived applicability as well.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 6, no 4, 597-520 p.
accessibility, applicability, economic voting, financial crisis, priming effects
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-21087DOI: 10.1017/S1755773913000258ISI: 000342919600005ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84891533888Local ID: DEMICOMOAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-21087DiVA: diva2:689250
Published online: 02 January 20142014-01-202014-01-202015-06-24Bibliographically approved