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Can Gestures of Goodwill from the State Condition Attitudes in Post-Authoritarian Democracies?: A Field Experiment

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This study considers the effect that gestures of goodwill from state officials have on political attitudes in a post-authoritarian democracy. I conducted a field experiment in the Mexican state of Baja California, in which randomly selected individuals in the treatment group received a short letter from the state designed to improve residents’ evaluation of government efforts to rehabilitate their neighborhoods. Overall, I find that a gesture of goodwill has a mixed effect on political attitudes relevant to democracy. While the treatment has a negative effect on levels of efficacy and evaluations of government performance, it also has a positive effect on willingness to become more involved in politics.

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Nishikawa, Katsuo. "Can Gestures of Goodwill from the State Condition Attitudes in Post-Authoritarian Democracies?: A Field Experiment" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the MPSA Annual National Conference, Palmer House Hotel, Hilton, Chicago, IL, Apr 03, 2008 <Not Available>. 2013-12-14 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p267416_index.html>

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Nishikawa, K. A. , 2008-04-03 "Can Gestures of Goodwill from the State Condition Attitudes in Post-Authoritarian Democracies?: A Field Experiment" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the MPSA Annual National Conference, Palmer House Hotel, Hilton, Chicago, IL Online <APPLICATION/PDF>. 2013-12-14 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p267416_index.html

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Abstract: This study considers the effect that gestures of goodwill from state officials have on political attitudes in a post-authoritarian democracy. I conducted a field experiment in the Mexican state of Baja California, in which randomly selected individuals in the treatment group received a short letter from the state designed to improve residents’ evaluation of government efforts to rehabilitate their neighborhoods. Overall, I find that a gesture of goodwill has a mixed effect on political attitudes relevant to democracy. While the treatment has a negative effect on levels of efficacy and evaluations of government performance, it also has a positive effect on willingness to become more involved in politics.

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Can Gestures of Goodwill from the State Condition Attitudes in Post-Authoritarian Democracies?: A Field Experiment Katsuo A. Nishikawa knishika@purdue.edu Department of Political Science Purdue University Abstract This study considers the effect that gestures of goodwill from state officials have on political attitudes in a post-authoritarian democracy. I conducted a field experiment in the Mexican state of Baja California in which randomly selected individuals in the treatment group received a short letter from the state designed to improve residents’ evaluation
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