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Personality and Political Tolerance: Evidence from India and Pakistan
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Government.
2016 (English)In: Political Studies, ISSN 0032-3217, E-ISSN 1467-9248, Vol. 1, 235-254 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Inspired by recent studies on personality and political attitudes and behavior we use the Big Five approach to assess the influence of a comprehensive set of personality traits on political tolerance. Our study is based on surveys in Bhopal in India and Lahore in Pakistan. We find that all Big Five traits – openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism – are significantly related to individuals’ willingness to grant political rights to groups they dislike in one or both countries. As one of only a few studies examining the relationship between the Big Five traits and political attitudes and behavior outside a Western context these findings demonstrate the importance of also paying attention to personality traits when studying contexts where situational factors such as political violence, poverty, and severe inequalities might be expected to be the main influence on individuals’ behavioral choices.

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Chichester, West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. Vol. 1, 235-254 p.
Keyword [en]
political tolerance, personality traits, India, Pakistan
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Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)
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Political Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-230017DOI: 10.1111/1467-9248.12169ISI: 000371625800015OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-230017DiVA: diva2:738729
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Swedish Research CouncilSida - Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency
Available from: 2014-08-19 Created: 2014-08-19 Last updated: 2017-12-05Bibliographically approved

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