Economic Conditions and Party Competence: Processes of Belief Revision

Mark Peffley, Stanley Feldman, Lee Sigelman

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This paper focuses on the processes by which people revise their beliefs about the abilities of political parties to handle national economic problems. According to the “intuitive statistician” model, such beliefs are highly responsive to new information. However, the “cognitive miser” model views beliefs as highly resistant to change. We attempt to integrate these two models and to test the integrated model, using data drawn from a three-wave panel survey. The results are generally most consistent with the “cognitive miser” portions of the model.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)100-121
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Politics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1987

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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