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dc.contributor.authorUrbanska, Karolina
dc.contributor.authorPehrson, Samuel
dc.contributor.authorGuimond, Serge
dc.identifier.citationUrbanska , K , Pehrson , S & Guimond , S 2021 , ' Power to the people : disidentification with the government and support for populism ' , Journal of Theoretical Social Psychology , vol. 5 , no. 2 , pp. 79-89 .
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dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0002-9259-6408/work/94291626
dc.identifier.otherScopus: 85105964041
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dc.descriptionThis work has been supported by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche grant ANR-16-PILO-0002-06 as a part of FLAG-ERA joint transnational call project, FuturICT 2.0.en
dc.description.abstractPopulist attitudes have been shown to predict voting behaviour. These attitudes consist of a belief that everyday citizens are better judges of what is best for their own country than politicians and that the political elites are corrupt. As such, a clear ‘us’ (pure and good everyday citizens) and ‘them’ (the evil political elite) rhetoric is present. In the present research, we propose that identification with the government may predict whether people would vote for, and whether they have voted in the past for, a populist party (either from the political left or the political right). The present research (N = 562), carried out among French citizens, showed that lower government identification related to past voting behaviour, current voting intentions and likelihood to switch from a non-populist to a populist party. Identification with the government was also negatively associated to intention to abstain from voting. Moreover, government identification was a stronger predictor of these voting-related outcomes than the recently developed populist attitudes measures. Unexpectedly, national identification was a not a significant predictor of voting behaviour. In conclusion, the present research suggests that the extent to which citizens identify and feel represented by the government should be considered on par with populist attitudes in understanding support for populist parties. Perceiving that the government does not represent everyday people may be sufficient to abandon support for mainstream (non-populist) political parties.
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dc.subjectPopulist attitudesen
dc.subjectSocial identityen
dc.subjectBF Psychologyen
dc.titlePower to the people : disidentification with the government and support for populismen
dc.typeJournal articleen
dc.contributor.institutionUniversity of St Andrews. School of Psychology and Neuroscienceen
dc.description.statusPeer revieweden

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