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Hanna Bäck

Professor

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Authoritarianism and Immigration Attitudes in the UK

Författare

  • Adam Peresman
  • Royce Carroll
  • Hanna Bäck

Summary, in English

Opposition to immigration has featured prominently in the “cultural backlash” to globalization in Western nations and was a key determinant of Britain’s Brexit referendum. In this article, we draw on theories of intergroup threat to examine the effect of “right-wing authoritarianism” on immigration attitudes in the UK. Previous research suggests that cultural aspects of immigration are especially important in shaping anti-immigrant attitudes. We use an original survey measuring attitudes toward immigration from differing skill levels and national origins. We find that right-wing authoritarianism is a much stronger predictor of immigration attitudes than other attributes. In addition, the effect of right-wing authoritarianism varies by immigrant origin, most strongly predicting opposition toward immigrant groups that may be perceived as culturally distant. We also find evidence that these effects are driven by the “aggression” component of right-wing authoritarianism, a facet of authoritarianism that captures a predisposition toward the enforcement of group norms.

Avdelning/ar

  • Statsvetenskapliga institutionen

Publiceringsår

2023

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

616-633

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Political Studies

Volym

71

Issue

3

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Wiley-Blackwell

Ämne

  • Sociology

Nyckelord

  • authoritarianism
  • immigration attitudes
  • RWA
  • UK

Aktiv

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 0032-3217