Economic Decline, Social Identity, and Authoritarian Values in the United States

  title={Economic Decline, Social Identity, and Authoritarian Values in the United States},
  author={Cameron Ballard-Rosa and Amalie Sofie Jensen and Kenneth F. Scheve},
  journal={International Studies Quarterly},
Why does the contemporary backlash against globalization in the United States have such a substantial authoritarian character? We argue that sustained economic decline has a negative effect on the social identity of historically dominant groups. These losses lead individuals to be more likely to want to enforce social norm conformity—that is, adopt more authoritarian values— as a way to preserve social status and this effect is greater the larger the size of other groups in the population… 

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