The author thanks Nunzia Alfieri for her invaluable help in sampling and collecting data, and an anonymous reviewer whose suggestions greatly improved the paper.
Coercive and Face-Threatening Questions to Left-Wing and Right-Wing Politicians During Two Italian Broadcasts: Conversational Indexes of Par Conditio for Democracy Systems1
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Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 38, Issue 5, pages 1179–1210, May 2008
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Gnisci, A. (2008), Coercive and Face-Threatening Questions to Left-Wing and Right-Wing Politicians During Two Italian Broadcasts: Conversational Indexes of Par Conditio for Democracy Systems. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 38: 1179–1210. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.2008.00344.x
- Issue online: 10 APR 2008
- Version of Record online: 10 APR 2008
Indexes of political interviewers' neutrality, proposed in the face model, capture the treatment reserved in televised interviews for politicians or parties. This contribution proposes that they should be introduced in the official survey of political appearances on television and be prescribed by law. The research compares questions of 2 Italian interviewers to the same 13 politicians (7 left-wing, 6 right-wing). In over 11 hr of interviews (7 months' sampling), 804 questions were codified. Italian interviewers were less threatening than their Anglo Saxon colleagues, even if just as coercive. They treated the government less coercively than the opposition, even if they were just as threatening; and they seemed sensitive to the prestige of politicians. Implications of the proposal are discussed.