International Journal of Public Opinion Research
Otros Autores: Ingrid Bachmann, Sebastián Valenzuela
Previous research has shown that corruption diminishes citizens’ level of political support and engagement. We extend this line of reasoning and evaluate whether previous levels of perceived corruption can influence subsequent levels of political knowledge. We test this proposition with data from a two-wave panel probability survey applied in Chile between 2016 and 2017, just after a 2-year period in which an avalanche of corruption scandals shook the country. Our estimates confirm that perceived corruption reduces subsequent political knowledge, while controlling for prior knowledge. This pattern is particularly strong among non-ideologues and people ideologically distant from the incumbent government. Given the status of political knowledge as a democratically valuable trait, our results uncover some normatively disturbing consequences of corruption.
Como citar: Bargsted, M., Bachmann, I., & Valenzuela, S. (2022). Corruption and Political Knowledge Erosion. A Cautionary Tale from Latin America. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 34(2), edac015. https://doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/edac015