Counterfactuals in the social context: The case of political interviews and their effects

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Abstract

Politicians can use counterfactual communication to promote their own representations of past political events, to defend themselves, to attack their adversaries, and, more generally, to influence citizens’ representation of political reality and of politicians. In this chapter, we focus on two main questions: a) What counterfactuals do politicians use in discourse? b) What effects do these counterfactuals have on voters? In addressing these questions, we build on what previous psychological research has shown regarding counterfactual thinking and its relations with other psychological processes, such as causal reasoning, emotional reactions, and decision making.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteCounterfactual thinking-Counterfactual writing
Pagine81-94
Numero di pagine14
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2011

Keywords

  • counterfactual communication
  • counterfactual thinking
  • political communication

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