Brexit, Trump, and the Polarizing Effect of Disillusionment

  title={Brexit, Trump, and the Polarizing Effect of Disillusionment},
  author={Paul J Maher and E. R. Igou and Wijnand A P van Tilburg},
  journal={Social Psychological and Personality Science},
  pages={205 - 213}
  • Paul J Maher, E. R. Igou, Wijnand A P van Tilburg
  • Published 2018
  • Psychology
  • Social Psychological and Personality Science
  • 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… CONTINUE READING
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