Did the different public-health policies that Sweden and Denmark pursued in the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic result in different levels of public trust in governments’ and health authorities’ ability to guide the two countries safely through the pandemic? How did the level of trust change as the pandemic unfolded? And were there any cross-country differences in the correlates of trust?
New work out with Johannes Lindvall answers these questions. Download it here:
With Dan Mønster (Aarhus University), I have a new working paper out. Below the abstract.
What role does political governance institution (i.e. the local, national, and European governance level) play for political attention? Using eye tracking in a laboratory experiment (N = 63), we pioneer a study into exploring the role of governance institution on attention to political news, holding political content constant. We find that fixation time significantly increases when reading about the EU compared to the national and local governance institutions. The political topic (here immigration and climate) only has a significant impact as an interaction effect with the national and local levels. Sex and attitudes to EU integration play no significant role. We discuss these findings, including the prospects andlimitations using eye tracking in political science research.
Do people trust the politicians and health authorities to guide them safely through the pandemic? Do they find their national strategy is sufficient? And what do they prefer: Saving the economy or preventing disease spread?
In the 2018 December volume of “Political Psychology” Vol. 36(9), I co-edited a special issue (w. Tereza Capelos, University of Birmingham) on the theme “The Political Psychology of European Integration: Brexit and Beyond”.