The Interest of Latin Americans in International Affairs


While there is extensive research on citizens' interest and knowledge on international affairs in the United States and Europe, comparative studies on these issues remain scarce in Latin America. This paper aims to extend knowledge about this phenomenon in the region by using the survey “The Americas and the World”, conducted in 2014/5 in seven of the main countries in Latin America. Although there are differences between countries, this paper seeks to identify common patterns, such as Latin Americans' wide interest in international news, especially, when they related to their country of origin. However, these preliminary results call into question the existence of a gender gap in the consumption of international news, identified by comparative literature. 
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Miguel Ángel López Varas

Universidad de Chile
Profesor asistente. Instituto de Estudios Internacionales. Universidad de Chile.