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Position, preference and personality

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Ondertitel:a microlevel explanation of negativity in day-to-day politics
While many scholars investigate the determinants of negativity in the political sphere, it remains largely unclear why some politicians are more negative than others. Studies thus far lack explanations at the individual level, and they almost exclusively focus on negativity during electoral races. Surveying national and regional representatives in Belgium (N = 228), this study seeks to explain individual politicians' willingness to go negative during everyday politics. The results show that negativity is not so much related to institutionally driven differences between representatives but more to politicians' personal characteristics and preference roles. Negative politics, hence, is not an inevitable result of institutional structures, rules, and norms, but rather depends on the characteristics and motivations of the individual representatives citizens elect.
Tijdschrift: Political Psychology
ISSN: 0162-895X
Volume: 40
Pagina's: 1019 - 1038
Jaar van publicatie:2019
Trefwoorden:Psychologie en gedragswetenschappen