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Elite Influence among Anxious Citizens

Title: Elite Influence among Anxious Citizens: Evidence from Latin America.
Name(s): Serrano, Crystal, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2015
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Some of the Latin American countries such as Venezuela and Colombia with the highest crime rates seem to not prioritize this issue in newspapers. However, people still seem to have growing anxiety about their physical insecurity in their country. This project aims to analyze what role society's elite actors have in the messaging of these issues and how their messaging affects public attitudes about democratic institutions. To do this we used survey data, interviews with elites, and content analysis from Latin American online newspapers--aiming to answer the following questions: How do elites affect public attitudes in the face of crime waves in Latin America, and how the elites opinions on crime conditions affect people's anxiety concerning their safety and democratic values/institutions? Through this analysis we analyzed the newspaper messaging that elites do expose the public to concerning crime rates, democratic institutions, political figures, etc. We concluded that there is a causal relationship between the amount of anti-democratic policies that elites emphasize and anxious citizen's growing support for authoritarian principles and therefore less support for democracies.
Identifier: FSU_migr_undergradsymposium2015-0030 (IID)
Keywords: Latin America, political science
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Undergraduate Research Symposium 2015.

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Serrano, C. (2015). Elite Influence among Anxious Citizens: Evidence from Latin America. Retrieved from