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Political Groups, Coordination Costs and Credible Communication in the Shadow of Power

Yoder, Brandon; Gaubatz, Kurt Taylor; Schutte, Rachel A.


Across subfields of political science, groups in subordinate power positions often have incentives to feign satisfaction with the status quo, in order to avoid punishment from more powerful actors. Consequently, subordinate actors' cooperative public discourse is widely considered non-credible 'cheap talk.' In contrast, we argue that for dissatisfied groups, misrepresenting preferences through cooperative public discourse involves significant costs and risks. To minimize the risk that...[Show more]

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Date published: 2019-09-10
Type: Journal article
Source: Political Science Quarterly
DOI: 10.1002/polq.12961


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