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2009 | 1(165) | 123-138
Article title

THE POWER OF SILENCE? OPINION CONTAGION AND THE SURPRISE OF THE POLISH 2005 PARLIAMENTARY AND PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS

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This paper investigates opinion contagion in collective behaviour using threshold model (Granovetter (1978)). The theoretical background is the spiral of silence concept developed by Noelle-Neumann (1974), arguing that people only assert their opinions if they perceive a minimal support from a relevant proportion of others. We apply the model to explain the dispersion between pre-elections preferences and the final results of the Polish parliamentary and presidential elections in 2005. It is shown that the minority opinions were more widely-held than was declared in opinion polls as a consequence of different distributions of the threshold values of opinion assertion.
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123-138
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  • Eszter Bartha, Eötvös Loránd University, Department of Eastern European Studies, Budapest, Hungary
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09PLAAAA068418
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bwmeta1.element.9945da7c-5794-324c-8f0d-26450290c1ec
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