Trust and political information : attitudinal change in participants in the Youth Parliament in Brazil

It analyzes the impact of socializing experiences on the political attitudes of youngsters. More specifically, our goal is to evaluate the impact of the Youth Parliament program on youngsters confidence levels in the Minas Gerais State Assembly (MGSA). The analysis focuses on the cognitive foundatio...

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Main Authors: Fuks, Mario, Casalecchi, Gabriel Avila
Other Authors: Tribunal Superior Eleitoral
Format: Artigo
Language: English
Published: 2018
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Summary: It analyzes the impact of socializing experiences on the political attitudes of youngsters. More specifically, our goal is to evaluate the impact of the Youth Parliament program on youngsters confidence levels in the Minas Gerais State Assembly (MGSA). The analysis focuses on the cognitive foundations of attitudes and results show a substantial increase in confidence levels in MGSA, an increase associated with the acquisition of information on the institution. It is asserted that the increase in confidence in MGSA represents and attitudinal gain. The study design involves quasi-experimental research on a non-random sample. We conducted two rounds of interviews in 2008, prior and subsequent to the program, with 335 participants (167 in the treatment group; and 168 in the control group).