Biased Judgment of Political Bias: Perceived Ideological Distance Increases Perceptions of Political Bias

Biased Judgment of Political Bias: Perceived Ideological Distance Increases Perceptions of... Accusations of political bias in the mass media, academia, the courts and various other institutions are common in many democracies. However, despite the prevalence of these accusations and the public attention they have received, research on the effects of perceived ideological distance on perceptions of political bias is lacking. Focusing on perceptions of political bias in academia, and drawing on a survey of 1,257 students in social science and law faculties in five Israeli universities, we show that the perceived ideological distance between a student and her set of professors increases perceptions of politically biased behavior of professors, and that the effects of ‘left-wing’ and ‘right-wing’ ideological distances are not symmetric. Possible implications and directions for further research are then suggested. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Political Behavior Springer Journals

Biased Judgment of Political Bias: Perceived Ideological Distance Increases Perceptions of Political Bias

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2014 by Springer Science+Business Media New York
Subject
Social Sciences, general; Political Science, general; Sociology, general
ISSN
0190-9320
eISSN
1573-6687
D.O.I.
10.1007/s11109-014-9278-0
Publisher site
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Abstract

Accusations of political bias in the mass media, academia, the courts and various other institutions are common in many democracies. However, despite the prevalence of these accusations and the public attention they have received, research on the effects of perceived ideological distance on perceptions of political bias is lacking. Focusing on perceptions of political bias in academia, and drawing on a survey of 1,257 students in social science and law faculties in five Israeli universities, we show that the perceived ideological distance between a student and her set of professors increases perceptions of politically biased behavior of professors, and that the effects of ‘left-wing’ and ‘right-wing’ ideological distances are not symmetric. Possible implications and directions for further research are then suggested.

Journal

Political BehaviorSpringer Journals

Published: Jun 12, 2014

References

  • Partisan grading
    Bar, T; Zussman, A
  • Coalition-targeted Duvergerian voting: How expectations affect voter choice under proportional representation
    Bargsted, MA; Kedar, O
  • On the ideological foundations of Supreme Court legitimacy in the American public
    Bartels, BL; Johnson, CD

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