Economic Attitudes, Social Attitudes and Their Psychological Underpinnings – A Study of the Finnish Political Elite

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dc.contributor.author Lönnqvist, Jan-Erik
dc.contributor.author Kivikangas, Matias J
dc.date.accessioned 2019-04-02T09:27:01Z
dc.date.available 2019-04-02T09:27:01Z
dc.date.issued 2019-03-19
dc.identifier.citation Lönnqvist , J-E & Kivikangas , M J 2019 , ' Economic Attitudes, Social Attitudes and Their Psychological Underpinnings – A Study of the Finnish Political Elite ' , Frontiers in Psychology , vol. 10 , 602 . https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00602
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dc.identifier.other RIS: urn:4D5F1F57F64DFF7435201C8727C6F0A8
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dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10138/300621
dc.description.abstract We investigated the relation between economic and social attitudes and the psychological underpinnings of these attitudes in candidates (N = 9515) in the Finnish 2017 municipal elections. In this politically elite sample, right-wing economic attitudes and social conservatism were positively correlated (r = 0.41), and this correlation was predominantly driven by those on the economic left being socially liberal, and vice versa. In terms of underlying psychological processes, consistent with dual process models of political ideology, the anti-egalitarian aspect of social dominance orientation was more strongly associated with right-wing economic attitudes, and the conventionalism and aggression aspects of right-wing authoritarianism with social conservatism. Our results show that even in a non-United States context in which the masses organize their political attitudes on two independent dimensions, these dimensions are moderately aligned among certain parts of the political elite, and that the political attitudes of the political elite can be traced to underlying psychological motivations. We argue that equality concerns could play a role in explaining why the left-right and liberal-conservative dimensions are more strongly aligned among those on the left and those more liberal. en
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject 5144 Social psychology
dc.subject political attitudes
dc.subject political elite
dc.subject left-right dimension elections
dc.subject liberal-conservative
dc.subject authoritarianism
dc.subject social dominance orientation
dc.subject dual process models
dc.subject political ideology
dc.subject MORAL FOUNDATIONS
dc.subject DOMINANCE ORIENTATION
dc.subject IDEOLOGY
dc.subject CONSERVATISM
dc.subject AUTHORITARIANISM
dc.subject PREFERENCES
dc.subject EXPERTISE
dc.subject WESTERN
dc.title Economic Attitudes, Social Attitudes and Their Psychological Underpinnings – A Study of the Finnish Political Elite en
dc.type Article
dc.contributor.organization Swedish School of Social Science Subunit
dc.description.reviewstatus Peer reviewed
dc.relation.doi https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2019.00602
dc.relation.issn 1664-1078
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