Type
Article
Titre
Authoritarianism and political choice in France
Dans
Acta Politica
Auteur(s)
VASILOPOULOS Pavlos - Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (Auteur)
LACHAT Romain - Centre de recherches politiques de Sciences Po (Auteur)
Éditeur
Palgrave Macmillan
Volume
53
Numéro
4
Pages
612 - 634 p.
ISSN
00016810
DOI
10.1057/s41269-017-0066-9
Mots clés
Authoritarianism, Political behaviour
Résumé
EN
Authoritarianism is a key concept in personality psychology, with a strong impact on political behavior in the United States. Yet, it has rarely been included in studies of political behavior in Europe. Drawing on a nationwide representative sample of the French electorate, we assess the demographic correlates of authoritarianism, as well as its impact on ethnic intolerance, economic conservatism, and propensity to vote for the four major French political parties. Results suggest that authoritarianism is positively associated with both intolerance and economic conservatism. Moreover, there is a strong and positive impact of authoritarianism on the propensity to vote for the far right Front National. Finally, contrary to the common left-wing authoritarianism thesis, we find a significant and negative association between authoritarianism and voting for the far left in France, both with and without taking attitudinal factors into account. These findings extend our understanding of the personality trait of authoritarianism and its impact on vote choice and political attitudes.

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