The mobilizing effect of right-wing ideological climates: Cross-level interaction effects on different types of outgroup attitudes

Jonas De keersmaecker, Arne Roets, Jasper Van Assche, Alain Van Hiel

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Abstract

The present research investigated a multilevel person-context interactionist framework for the relationship between right-wing ideologies and prejudice across two large, representative samples (Study 1: European Social Survey: N¿=¿56,752; Study 2: World Values Survey: N¿=¿74,042). Across three different operationalizations of right-wing ideology, two contextual levels (regional and national) of right-wing climate, and three types of outgroup attitudes (i.e., age-, ethnicity-, and gender-based), the analyses consistently revealed cross-level interactions, showing a strong association between right-wing attitudes and negative outgroup attitudes at the individual level in contexts with a low right-wing climate, whereas this relationship is weaker and often even absent in contexts with a high right-wing climate. These cross-level interactions remained significant after controlling for statistical artefacts (i.e., restriction of range and outliers). The authors propose norm setting as the mobilizing mechanism through which a right-wing climate develops and curbs the influence of individual right-wing social-ideological attitudes on outgroup attitudes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)757-776
JournalPolitical Psychology
Volume38
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2017
Externally publishedYes

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