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The Social-Psychological Bases of Far-Right Support in Europe and the United States

Van Assche, Jasper, Dhont, Kristof, Pettigrew, Thomas F. (2019) The Social-Psychological Bases of Far-Right Support in Europe and the United States. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology, . ISSN 1052-9284. E-ISSN 1099-1298. (doi:10.1002/casp.2407)

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Abstract

The roles of authoritarianism, social dominance orientation (SDO), and prejudice in the prediction of far-right support were examined in Europe and the United States (U.S.). A meta-analysis shows remarkably similar, positive and strong associations of far-right support with these three variables in previous studies conducted in Europe, the United Kingdom (U.K.), and the United States. Results from two cross-sectional studies in the U.S. further indicated that higher levels of authoritarianism and SDO related to higher voting intentions and support for Trump, via increased prejudice. In a three-wave longitudinal study in the U.K., authoritarianism and SDO predicted pro-Brexit attitudes and support for the United Kingdom Independence Party, again via prejudice. These results shed a new light on the widely-held beliefs in “American and British exceptionalism”, as Trump and Brexit adherents share the same social-psychological underpinnings as far-right supporters observed in several European countries.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1002/casp.2407
Uncontrolled keywords: authoritarianism; Brexit; ethnic prejudice; social dominance orientation; Trump
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Centre for the Study of Group Processes
Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology > Social Psychology
Depositing User: Kristof Dhont
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2019 21:02 UTC
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2019 14:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/73220 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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