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CSLS Speaker Series: TAEKU LEE

Monday, October 14, 2019 @ 12:45 pm - 2:00 pm

The Center for the Study of Law and Society 
is pleased to announce the next speaker in the Fall 2019 CSLS Speaker Series




Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at University of California, Berkeley


Speaking on his research

“Mad as Hell, but Still Going to Take It?
Media Frames, Affective Response, and the Limits of
Public Opinion on Financial Regulation in the United States”


Can public opinion counter the political power of finance? The Dodd-Frank Act of 2010 is cited as a case where public outrage drove legislation against bank interests. This article first presents qualitative evidence of the media’s role in facilitating passage of Dodd-Frank and survey evidence from 2008-9 to motivate our focus on media coverage. We then present experimental results from a 2016 online survey of the American public. Subjects read variants of a stylized news item on Goldman Sachs and its CEO, Lloyd Blankfein. Results showed a marked affective response to exposure to these media accounts of bankers and banking, but weaker and less consistent effects on policy preferences. We also find no consistent differences in whether and how episodic (personalized) and thematic (contextual) media framing shapes public opinion. Both frames move public opinion in more or less the same way, and episodic framing usually trumps thematic narrative. This is part of a larger six-country study of public opinion as a countervailing force to business power in the domain of financial regulation. The talk will also present some comparative findings from a parallel 2016 survey of the UK public and the most recent findings from a 2018 online survey of the Australian public.


The related paper is available on our website and in hard copy at the Center.



Please join us on Monday, October 14 from 12:45-2:00p in the Philip Selznick Seminar Room, 2240 Piedmont Ave. 


Coffee and water are provided. We invite you to bring your own “bag lunch.”
We are looking forward to seeing you soon!


Catherine Albiston, Faculty Director


Monday, October 14, 2019
12:45 pm - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


Center for the Study of Law and Society


Philip Selznick Seminar Room
2240 Piedmont Ave
Berkeley, CA 94720-2150 United States
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