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Political Behavior & Latin American Workgroup Workshop: Elizabeth Zechmeister

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Friday, March 01, 2024
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In a joint Behavior & Identities / Duke-UNC Latin American Politics Working Group workshop, Professor Elizabeth Zechmeister (Vanderbilt) will present "Reciprocity, Rationality, and Democratic Recession." Please see the abstract below.

Abstract: What motivates the public to tolerate undemocratic actions by political leaders? Conventional answers highlight material (e.g., results-oriented considerations), ideational (e.g., populist worldviews), and party-centered explanations. This talk instead considers whether and when norms around reciprocity (tit-for-tat) can lead the public to see undemocratic moves as reasonable when they follow similar behavior by a first mover. The analyses bring together regionwide survey data from LAPOP's 2023 AmericasBarometer with pre-registered experiments conducted in Colombia, Peru, and the United States.

Contact: Martin Opertti