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The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) together with the Brazil Initiative at LACS feature presenters from diverse disciplines. LACS organizes and sponsors more than 50 public lectures, workshops, performances, and conferences over the course of the academic year. 

In addition to our yearly programming, the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies (LACS) and the Brazil Initiative at LACS are happy to consider funding requests to co-sponsor lectures, events, performances,  and activities that coincide with the center's mission to promote a broad and deep understanding of the region. Request to co-sponsor an event »

LACS Across Campus Interdisciplinary Events Series. Political Elites, Misinformation, and Mobilization: Evidence from Brazil

Natalia Bueno, assistant professor of political science, Emory University.
Thursday, March 23, 2023
12:00-1:30 PM
555 Weiser Hall Map
Misinformation is a growing concern among the public and political elites. Yet we still lack a good understanding of the political effects of misinformation. We argue that misinformation contains politically motivated content that sends unambiguous signals in favor or against a political group, thus increasing the salience of political identities and making individuals more oriented towards political and partisan goals. Consequently, disseminating misinformation benefits politicians because this type of story is effective at mobilizing voters. We empirically test this argument using novel observational and experimental data from Brazil. We show that politicians' posts that contain misinformation have higher levels of seemingly positive interactions with social media users in Brazil. Furthermore, respondents who are exposed to misinformation show a lower willingness to participate in campaign-related activities in favor of the target of the misinformation and have lower levels of affect regarding that target. Although the effects we find are small, they indicate that misinformation may pay off by damaging the target of misinformation.
Building: Weiser Hall
Event Type: Lecture / Discussion
Tags: Area Studies, brazil, Brazil Initiative At Lacs, Center For Latin American And Caribbean Studies, Discussion, Lecture, Political Science
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, International Institute, Department of Political Science