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Information Behavior and Political Preferences

Voessing, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-7269-0317 & Weber, T. (2019). Information Behavior and Political Preferences. British Journal of Political Science, 49(2), pp. 533-556. doi: 10.1017/s0007123416000600


This article shows that citizens consider policy positions for the formation of their political preferences when they actively seek and find high-quality information, while they dismiss passively acquired and low-quality information. The study develops an extended theory of information and political preferences that incorporates the process of information acquisition and its connection with information quality. A novel experimental design separates the effects on political preferences due to information behavior as an activity from those due to selective exposure to information. The study applies this design in a laboratory experiment with a diverse group of participants using the example of issue voting and European integration in the context of the 2014 European Parliament elections.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This article has been published in a revised form in British Journal of Political Science This version is free to view and download for private research and study only. Not for re-distribution or re-use.© Cambridge University Press 2017.
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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