How do citizens perceive authoritarian-style and threatening propaganda? In this project, I explore the effectiveness and perception of such power propaganda.

In two working papers, Karsten Donnay and I are investigating these outcomes. For once, we ran a survey experiment in the crisis-ridden authoritarian regime of Venezuela. Next, we conducted a similar study during the 2020 Black Lives Matters protests in the United States. While our results show that citizens perceive power propaganda as strong, we find that this type of political communication may backfire.

Future studies aim to shed light on the micro-mechanisms of these perceptions and are currently in planning together with Carl Henrik Knutsen and Jonas Dræge .

Philipp M. Lutscher
Philipp M. Lutscher
Postdoctoral Fellow

My research interests include communication and information technology, authoritarian regimes, contentious politics, and quantitative methods