French Politics

, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp 443–459 | Cite as

Mass media and the attribution of blame for globalization

  • Justin MurphyEmail author
Original Article


Much is known about the domestic politics of globalization, but political scientists have largely ignored one critical link between the international economy and many individuals around the world: mass media. Considering the likely effects of mass media on public perceptions of responsibility, this article develops an argument about the effects of mass media on individuals’ blame attributions for the adjustment costs of economic globalization. The theory is tested on survey data from France in 1992–1993. The evidence suggests that mass media may shift the public’s blame attributions away from the government and toward external, international forces.


Media Globalization Blame Public opinion 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Politics and International RelationsUniversity of SouthamptonSouthamptonUK

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