Seminar Abstract

John Gastil

Tuesday, May 17, 2010

One Theory to Rule Them All: The Cultural Cognitive Approach to Public Opinion on Everything from Gun Control to Climate Change

This talk will introduce the theory of cultural cognition, which presents a concise account of how public opinion forms and changes over time in response to political cultural signals from elites on issues as diverse as gun control, abortion rights, and climate change. The presentation will review recent evidence on the theory in relation to a wide range of public policy and scientific issues and discuss the potential for deliberation to transcend the cultural divides that forestall broad public consensus. For background information on this work, visit