How the Public Responds to Media Representations of Bankers in the US and the UK

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Professor Pepper Culpepper

Professor Pepper Culpepper


Dr Angelo Martelli

Dr Angelo Martelli

This talk presents initial results from the United States and the United Kingdom that were collected as part of an ERC-funded project – Banklash – on how the public responds to media representations of bankers.

The study uses survey experiments conducted on nationally representative samples in the two countries to assess how media framing influences public opinion. The experiments expose respondents to a variety of frames that correspond to the way the media actually covers banking in the two countries and measures the impact of the treatments – which have similar structure across the two countries – on emotions, affect toward political and economic actors, perceptions of interest alignment, trust in banks, and preferences for redistributive and financial regulatory policy.

Pepper Culpepper is Blavatnik Professor of Government  and Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. His research focuses on the intersection between capitalism and democracy, both in politics and in public policy. In 2018 he was awarded a five-year Advanced Grant from the European Research Council to study the post-crisis politics of financial regulation. Prior to coming to the Blavatnik School, he taught at the European University Institute and at the Harvard Kennedy School. His book Quiet Politics and Business Power: Corporate Control in Europe and Japan (Cambridge University Press 2011), was awarded the 2012 Stein Rokkan Prize for Comparative Social Science Research. He is the author of Creating Cooperation (Cornell University Press, 2003) and co-editor of Changing France (with Peter Hall and Bruno Palier, Palgrave 2006) and of The German Skills Machine (with David Finegold, Berghahn Books 1999).

Dr Angelo Martelli is Assistant Professor in European and International Political Economy