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Psychological variables underlying political orientations in an old and anew democracy: A comparative study between Sweden and Latvia
Sodertorn Univ, Huddinge, Sweden.;Univ Latvia, Riga, Latvia..
Sodertorn Univ, Huddinge, Sweden..
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. Sodertorn Univ, Huddinge, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 57, no 5, 437-445 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study examines in detail the psychological variables underlying ideological political orientation, and structure and contents of this orientation, in Sweden and Latvia. Individual political orientation is conceptualized on two dimensions: acceptance vs. rejection of social change and acceptance vs. rejection of inequality. Swedish (N=320) and Latvian (N=264) participants completed measures of political orientation, Social Dominance Orientation (SDO), Right Wing Authoritarianism (RWA), self vs. other orientation, tolerance for ambiguity, humanism and normativism, core political values, system justification, as well as moral foundations questionnaire and portrait values questionnaire. The results showed that the relation among the measured variables was similar in both samples. Swedish participants showed stronger endorsement of egalitarian attitudes and social values, whereas we found more self-enhancing and socially conservative values and attitudes among the Latvian participants.

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2016. Vol. 57, no 5, 437-445 p.
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Ideology, political orientation, conservatism, liberalism, leftism, rightism
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-308942DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12314ISI: 000383707800009PubMedID: 27481632OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-308942DiVA: diva2:1051378
The Foundation for Baltic and East European Studies
Available from: 2016-12-01 Created: 2016-12-01 Last updated: 2016-12-01Bibliographically approved

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