When good news backfires: Feelings of disadvantage in the Corona Crisis

Filsinger, Maximilian; Freitag, Markus (2021). When good news backfires: Feelings of disadvantage in the Corona Crisis. International Political Science Review, 42(3), pp. 367-382. Sage 10.1177/01925121211002736

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The Corona crisis is an unprecedented challenge for societies. Lockdowns and physical distancing orders have generated economic, social and health-related consequences in many countries. In this regard, we evaluate how information about positive economic expectations during the crisis affects citizens’ attitudes. Using a real-world survey experiment, our analyses indicate that information about a positive economic outlook and governmental support to mitigate the crisis actually promote people’s subjective feelings of disadvantage rather than reducing them. Interestingly, it seems that information about economic recovery that opens up opportunities may backfire due to increased upward comparisons and perceived competition. Structural equation analyses suggest that this relationship is mediated by critical views about democratic institutions during the crisis. Citizens lose confidence in their governments and democratic decision-makers to uphold principles of fairness after the crisis ends. Our results have important implications on how to communicate measures that aim to deal with the crisis.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Filsinger, Maximilian and Freitag, Markus

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

0192-5121

Publisher:

Sage

Language:

English

Submitter:

Maximilian Filsinger

Date Deposited:

19 Jul 2021 10:12

Last Modified:

19 Jul 2021 10:12

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/01925121211002736

BORIS DOI:

10.48350/157014

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/157014

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