Education and media exposure across systemic levels of conflict

Pardos-Prado, S. and Cano, F. (2012) Education and media exposure across systemic levels of conflict. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 24(2), pp. 121-140. (doi: 10.1093/ijpor/edr005)

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Even if educational levels are assumed to determine the frequency of consumption of TV, radio, and newspapers, the analysis of when and why this relationship takes place is underdeveloped. Departing from the information-processing capacity and the knowledge gap hypotheses, this study suggests that the impact of education on media exposure depends on the level of political conflict across political systems. The more conflictive the political system is in terms of ideological polarization, sudden changes in democratic stability and lack of free press, the higher the tendency of more educated people to get involved in the public sphere through media exposure. The findings have been confirmed across 23 political systems through hierarchical linear models using the European Social Survey 2006 and 2008.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Pardos-Prado, Professor Sergi
Authors: Pardos-Prado, S., and Cano, F.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Politics
Journal Name:International Journal of Public Opinion Research
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN (Online):1471-6909
Published Online:30 July 2011

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