Polarization in the Wake of the European Refugee Crisis - A Longitudinal Study of the Finnish Political Elite's Attitudes Towards Refugees and the Environment

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Lonnqvist , J-E , Ilmarinen , V-J & Sortheix , F M 2020 , ' Polarization in the Wake of the European Refugee Crisis - A Longitudinal Study of the Finnish Political Elite's Attitudes Towards Refugees and the Environment ' , Journal of Social and Political Psychology , vol. 8 , no. 1 , pp. 173-197 . https://doi.org/10.5964/jspp.v8i1.1236

Title: Polarization in the Wake of the European Refugee Crisis - A Longitudinal Study of the Finnish Political Elite's Attitudes Towards Refugees and the Environment
Author: Lonnqvist, Jan-Erik; Ilmarinen, Ville-Juhani; Sortheix, Florencia M.
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science
University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science
University of Helsinki, Swedish School of Social Science Subunit


Date: 2020
Language: eng
Number of pages: 25
Belongs to series: Journal of Social and Political Psychology
ISSN: 2195-3325
DOI: https://doi.org/10.5964/jspp.v8i1.1236
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/325294
Abstract: We investigated political polarization among the 28284 candidates in the Finnish municipal election who ran for municipal council in 2012, 2017, or both, and had responded to a Voting Advice Application. Our results revealed political polarization in terms of both conversion (longitudinal analysis, n = 6643) and recruitment (cross-sectional comparison of first-time candidates, n = 13054). The populist radical-right Finns Party became even more anti-refugee, and the pro-refugee Green League became even more pro-refugee. The Finns Party, in particular, has constructed the Green League as their enemies, which could explain why the Finns Party moved in an anti-environmental direction, as well as the increased issue-alignment between refugee-attitudes and environmental attitudes. We also observed increased within-party homogeneity in almost all parties. In the discussion, we focus on the nature of the association between refugee and environmental attitudes.
Subject: political psychology
attitude change
immigration
environment
populism
elections
PARTY POLARIZATION
RADICAL RIGHT
IMMIGRATION
VALUES
CLIMATE
PERSONALITY
GROWTH
MODEL
5144 Social psychology
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