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European Politics Online Workshop (EPOW) - Shared screen with speaker view
Seth Jolly
Thanks everyone for coming. As a reminder, use the raise hand feature for questions, or leave them here in the chat
Bonnie Meguid
question: how is rival measured?
Bonnie Meguid
sorry, I mean how is the distorted placement by rival measured?
Nikitas Konstantinidis
Is there a spatial aspect in the theoretical argument? e.g., what is the expected direction of the distorted bias?
Nikitas Konstantinidis
Also, what is the objective of platform distortion? are
Nikitas Konstantinidis
Are rival and focal parties vying for each other’s voters or rather for third-party/independent voters?
Nikitas Konstantinidis
How reliable is it to use students for an expert survey? Did they follow a specific protocol?
Christina Gahn
Do you control if the two main parties you looked at were in a coalition government before the election (e.g. in Germany)? Former coalition parties should talk less polarized about each other compared to an opposition party talking about their main competitor (as they conducted policy making together in the last years). Also, voters will perceive former coalition parties closer to each other than government vs. opposition parties.
Nikitas Konstantinidis
Would you expect rival parties to try to distort the positions of focal parties closer or farther from them on the ideological spectrum?
Bonnie Meguid
Do we see (or expect to see) different effects if the focal party is the govt or opposition?
Nikitas Konstantinidis
Do you mind reading? thanks!
Christina Gahn
Please read it :)
Christina Gahn
I don’t have good connection sorry
Liesbet Hooghe
I have a couple of questions to Zeynep.
Bonnie Meguid
If you disaggregate the l-r scale in the cross-national analyses, do you see distortion more on some issues than others? And does it confirm your more salient/less salient hypothesis seen in the experimental data?
Sara Hobolt
Great paper! Is this a simple "information effect" i.e. voters are responding to information (cues) about parties when trying to locate their ideological position. Or would you expect different effects if the "messenger" is not a rival party?
Jonathan Homola
Closely related to Bonnie’s question: could it be that rival parties strongly emphasize only a specific subset of issues and the aggregation across all issues leads to a distorted LR position? (But it could be that the actual issue specific positions are not really distorted.)
Sara Hobolt
I also worry a little about the use of Prolific, since they tend to not produce very representative samples of the UK population. How does the balance of partisans in your sample compare with, for example, BES surveys?
Jonathan Homola
Building on Sara’s first question about information effects: would you expect to see different effects based on levels of political interest/sophistication here? I could see more interested people to be less affected (because they have stronger/better informed opinions). At the same time, they might be more affected because they pay closer attention to all this.