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A Model of Political Judgment: An Agent-Based Simulation of Candidate Evaluation

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  • Sung-youn Kim

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This paper advances Kim, Taber, and Lodge's work (2010). Specifically, it is shown here that the psychological model of political judgment proposed by Kim et al (2010) is consistent with a set of well-known empirical regularities repeatedly found in electoral and psychological researches, that the model in general implies motivated reasoning - discounting contradictory information to the prior while accepting consistent information more or less at its face value - under general conditions, and that (prior) evaluative affect towards candidates plays a fundamental role in this process. It is also discussed the implication of motivated reasoning in accounting for the responsiveness, persistence, and polarization of candidate evaluation often observed in elections.

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  • Sung-youn Kim, 2011. "A Model of Political Judgment: An Agent-Based Simulation of Candidate Evaluation," Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, vol. 14(2), pages 1-3.
  • Handle: RePEc:jas:jasssj:2010-42-2
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    1. José Manuel Galán & Luis R. Izquierdo & Segismundo S. Izquierdo & José Ignacio Santos & Ricardo del Olmo & Adolfo López-Paredes & Bruce Edmonds, 2009. "Errors and Artefacts in Agent-Based Modelling," Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, Journal of Artificial Societies and Social Simulation, vol. 12(1), pages 1-1.
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