The Authoritarian Dynamic During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Effects on Nationalism and Anti-Immigrant Sentiment



Hartman, Todd K ORCID: 0000-0001-9136-2784, Stocks, Thomas VA, McKay, Ryan, Gibson-Miller, Jilly, Levita, Liat, Martinez, Anton P, Mason, Liam, McBride, Orla, Murphy, Jamie, Shevlin, Mark
et al (show 5 more authors) (2021) The Authoritarian Dynamic During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Effects on Nationalism and Anti-Immigrant Sentiment. Social Psychological and Personality Science. 194855062097802 - 194855062097802.

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Abstract

<jats:p> Research has demonstrated that situational factors such as perceived threats to the social order activate latent authoritarianism. The deadly COVID-19 pandemic presents a rare opportunity to test whether existential threat stemming from an indiscriminate virus moderates the relationship between authoritarianism and political attitudes toward the nation and out-groups. Using data from two large nationally representative samples of adults in the United Kingdom ( N = 2,025) and Republic of Ireland ( N = 1,041) collected during the initial phases of strict lockdown measures in both countries, we find that the associations between right-wing authoritarianism (RWA) and (1) nationalism and (2) anti-immigrant attitudes are conditional on levels of perceived threat. As anxiety about the COVID-19 pandemic increases, so too does the effect of RWA on those political outcomes. Thus, it appears that existential threats to humanity from the COVID-19 pandemic moderate expressions of authoritarianism in society. </jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2020 13:30
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2021 13:10
DOI: 10.1177/1948550620978023
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3106100