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    Do we live in a ‘Post-Truth’ era?

    Ahlstrom-Vij, Kristoffer (2023) Do we live in a ‘Post-Truth’ era? Political Studies 71 (2), pp. 501-517. ISSN 0032-3217.

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    Have we entered a ‘post-truth’ era? This article is an attempt to answer this question by (a) offering an explication of the notion of ‘post-truth’ from recent discussions, (b) deriving a testable implication from that explication, to the effect that we should expect to see decreasing information effects – that is, differences between actual preferences and estimated, fully informed preferences – on central political issues over time and then (c) putting the relevant narrative to the test by way of counterfactual modelling, using election year data for the period of 2004–2016 from the American National Election Studies’ Times Series Study. The implication in question turns out to be consistent with the data: at least in a US context, we do see evidence of a decrease in information effects on key, political issues – immigration, same-sex adoption and gun laws, in particular – in the period 2004–2016. This offers some novel, empirical evidence for the ‘post- truth’ narrative.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): post truth, political epistemology, information effects
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Kristoffer Ahlstrom-Vij
    Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2021 17:19
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 18:11


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