Stepping in the shoes of leaders of populist right-wing parties

Jetten, Jolanda, Ryan, Rachel and Mols, Frank (2017) Stepping in the shoes of leaders of populist right-wing parties. Social Psychology, 48 1: 40-46. doi:10.1027/1864-9335/a000289

Author Jetten, Jolanda
Ryan, Rachel
Mols, Frank
Title Stepping in the shoes of leaders of populist right-wing parties
Journal name Social Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1864-9335
Publication date 2017-01-01
Year available 2017
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1027/1864-9335/a000289
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 48
Issue 1
Start page 40
End page 46
Total pages 7
Place of publication Goettingen, Germany
Publisher Hogrefe Verlag
Language eng
Abstract What narrative is deemed most compelling to justify anti-immigrant sentiments when a country’s economy is not a cause for concern? We predicted that flourishing economies constrain the viability of realistic threat arguments. We found support for this prediction in an experiment in which participants were asked to take on the role of speechwriter for a leader with an anti-immigrant message (N = 75). As predicted, a greater percentage of realistic threat arguments and fewer symbolic threat arguments were generated in a condition in which the economy was expected to decline than when it was expected to grow or a baseline condition. Perhaps more interesting, in the economic growth condition, the percentage realistic entitlements and symbolic threat arguments generated were higher than when the economy was declining. We conclude that threat narratives to provide a legitimizing discourse for anti-immigrant sentiments are tailored to the economic context.
Keyword Opposition to immigration
Economic decline
Economic growth
Realistic entitlement
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Grant ID DP120100053
Institutional Status UQ

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