Pathologies of studying public opinion, political communication, and democratic responsiveness

James N Druckman*

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Abstract

Research on democratic representation and public opinion formation has largely ignored one another. Once one considers the reality of the political communication environment, a fundamental tension between these two literatures emerges. In this essay, I review work on each, highlighting problems with both how “quality opinion” is often defined and how representation is typically studied. I then offer a way forward.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)467-492
Number of pages26
JournalPolitical Communication
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Opinion formation
  • Responsiveness

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Communication
  • Sociology and Political Science

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