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Brexit, Trump, and the polarizing effect of disillusionment

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dc.contributor.author Maher, Paul J.
dc.contributor.author Igou, Eric Raymond
dc.contributor.author van Tilburg, Wijnand A.P.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-03-21T11:43:58Z
dc.date.available 2018-03-21T11:43:58Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/6667
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract We investigate experiences of disillusionment as a source of political polarization. Disillusioning experiences motivate a search for meaning, and we propose that people respond by seeking reassurance in political ideologies, reflected in political polarization. We first tested this hypothesis in the context of two major political events: the European Union (EU) membership referendum in the United Kingdom and the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In Study 1, disillusionment stemming from the EU referendum outcome led “remain” supporters to express more extreme political views. In Study 2, we measured political stance and disillusionment before and after the U.S. presidential election. Political polarization occurred among Clinton supporters, and this was mediated by increased disillusionment levels. In Study 3, we manipulated disillusionment and found that disillusioned participants expressed stronger support for diverging forms of political activism. Consistent with our approach, this effect was mediated by epistemic motivations. Implications regarding the effect of political polarization in society are discussed. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher SAGE Publications en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Social Psychological and Personality Science;9 (2), pp. 205-213
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1177/1948550617750737
dc.subject disillusionment en_US
dc.subject political polarization en_US
dc.subject meaning en_US
dc.subject emotion en_US
dc.title Brexit, Trump, and the polarizing effect of disillusionment en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/1948550617750737
dc.contributor.sponsor IRC en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 2741202


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