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Disinformation and Populist Narratives Against Election Integrity

The 20th century saw the emergence of ancient political narratives oriented towards a simplified explanation of social problems. Populist communication frameworks have gained traction with a wide range of voters around the world because they a) promote a simplified understanding of social life as a permanent tension between the innocent good and the corrupt bad, and b ) because they distinguish between individuals and social groups. guilty of complex social problems. Populist attitudes predict people’s willingness to believe false information that reinforces their worldview.

Growing mistrust of journalism has undermined the media’s watchdog role in a more horizontal digital landscape. Thus, a paradox has materialized in various democracies around the world. The more platforms for the production, distribution and consumption of information accessible to the public, the easier it has become to maintain distrust in democratic institutions and electoral results. This is particularly worrying in countries like Mexico, which have long been suspicious of government officials, public institutions, political parties, the media and democratic elections.

Julio Juarez Gamiz

Julio Juarez Gamiz conducts research on political advertising, media coverage of elections, electoral debates and political communication. It was the first Fulbright-Garcia Robles COMEXUS Mexico Chair of Studies housed at the University of Notre Dame and co-sponsored by the Mexico Global Center at Notre Dame and the Kellogg Institute for International Development. Juárez Gámiz worked with top marketing research firms to analyze political communication during the 2012 presidential election and conducted electoral observation projects under the supervision of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) during Mexican federal elections of 2009 and 2012. Previously, he worked as senior adviser to the presidency of the General Council of the National Electoral Institute. He is currently Professor of Political Communication at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Sciences and Humanities (CEIICH) of UNAM.

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Angela C. Hale