Political Attention

The concept of political attention refers to both: (1) the level of interest that people have in relation to the political reality of the society to which they belong; and (2) to the various mechanisms used to keep watching political events. Traditional indicators of this competence are discussion on political issues (regardless of the area where it happens: family, work, school) and monitoring, through the media, news linked to the political world.

The importance ascribed to political attention as civic competence is that the possession of it facilitates (as control of information) making decisions (which go beyond the strictly political) in contexts in which the politics configure (as an exogenous variable) different dimensions of social life.


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