Stripping the Political Cynic: A Psychological Exploration of the Concept of Political Cynicism

Pattyn, Sven, Van Hiel, Alain, Dhont, Kristof, Onraet, Emma (2012) Stripping the Political Cynic: A Psychological Exploration of the Concept of Political Cynicism. European Journal of Personality, 26 (6). pp. 566-579. ISSN 0890-2070. (doi:10.1002/per.858) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The high level of political cynicism in contemporary society is often considered a serious threat to democracy. The concept, however, has received only scant attention in psychology. The current work introduces political cynicism and extensively explores its psychological implications by investigating the concept’s validity, predictive utility, and status as a dispositional variable. First, political cynicism is empirically distinguishable from the closely related constructs social cynicism and political trust. Furthermore, political cynicism is strongly related to a wide range of political variables, such as voting intentions, political normlessness, and political estrangement, as well as to broad social attitudes and racial prejudice. Finally, we show that political cynicism yields limited, but meaningful relationships with Neuroticism and Agreeableness, although social cynicism is more clearly related to the Five-Factor Model personality dimensions. It is therefore concluded that political cynicism can be reliably measured and distinguished from closely related concepts, and that it yields meaningful relationships with other relevant psychological variables.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/per.858
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: Kristof Dhont
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2014 09:08 UTC
Last Modified: 29 May 2019 13:03 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/42833 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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