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Political Opinion Quarterly
The hypothesis that "ideas often flow from radio and print to opinion leaders and from these to the less active sections of the population" has been tested in several successive studies. Each study has attempted a different solution to the problem of how to take account of interpersonal relations in the traditional design of survey research. As a result, the original hypothesis is largely corroborated and considerably refined.
A former staff member of the Bureau of Applied Social Research at Columbia University, the author is now on leave from his post as assistant professor of sociology at the University of Chicago and is currently guest lecturer in sociology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
This is a pre-copy-editing, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Political Opinion Quarterly following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/266687
Katz, E. (1957). The Two-Step Flow of Communication: An Up-To-Date Report on an Hypothesis. Political Opinion Quarterly, 21 (1), 61-78. https://doi.org/10.1086/266687
Date Posted: 19 April 2011
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