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Extreme Activism? Psychological Determinants of Protest Behavior

Focusing on explaining why some individuals take part in protest activities.
The project is funded by Vetenskapsrådet.

Research shows that the ways citizens become part of the political decision-making process in contemporary democracies have changed during the last decades. So called protest activity, including demonstrations, boycotts and signing petitions, has replaced more institutionalized forms of participation, such as party activity.

The general aim of this project is to explain why individuals protest. To answer questions of why individuals join collective action activities, we draw on the political science literature on participation and on the literature in the fields of social, personality, and cognitive psychology. We thereby combine and make contributions to different disciplinary fields.

To evaluate our hypotheses we perform a series of studies, including a survey and lab experiments.




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Researchers on the project

Hanna Bäck, project leader

Project collaborators:

  • Emma Bäck, department of Psychology, Lund University, Emma [dot] Back [at] psy [dot] lu [dot] se
  • Henry Montgomery, department of Psychology, Stockholm University, hmy [at] psychology [dot] su [dot] se

Department of Political Science
Lund University
Visiting address: Paradisgatan 5H (House: Eden)
Postal address: Box 52, SE-221 00 LUND
Telephone: +46 46-222 89 52

Faculty of Social Sciences