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The quality of political information

Voessing, K. ORCID: 0000-0002-7269-0317 (2020). The quality of political information. Political Studies Review, 19(4), pp. 574-590. doi: 10.1177/1478929920917618


The article conceptualizes the quality of political information and shows how the concept can be used for empirical research. I distinguish three aspects of quality (intelligibility, relevance, validity) and use them to judge the constituent foundations of political information, that is component claims (statements of alleged facts) and connection claims (argumentative statements created by causally linking two component claims). The resulting conceptual map thus entails six manifestations of information quality (component claimintelligibility, connection claim intelligibility, component claimrelevance, connection claim relevance, component claim validity, and connection claim validity). I explain how the conceptual map can be used to make sense of the eclectic variety of existing research, and how it can advance new empirical research, as a guide for determining variation in information quality, as a conceptual template for the analysis of different types of political messages and their common quality deficiencies, and as a generator of new research questions and theoretical expectations.

Publication Type: Article
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Publisher Keywords: Poltical information, concept formation, typology, information quality
Subjects: J Political Science > JC Political theory
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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