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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},
  • Cameron Ballard-Rosa
  • Published 2018
  • Why is America’s backlash against globalization so authoritarian? 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 new groups in the population. The paper formalizes this argument and tests the predicted effect of… CONTINUE READING
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