Title: Trends in authoritarianism: Evidence from 31 European countries
Authors: De Regt, Sabrina ×
Smits, Tim
Mortelmans, Dimitri #
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher: The Social Sciences Research Society
Series Title: The International Journal of Social Sciences and Humanity Studies vol:3 issue:1 pages:395-404
Abstract: To date, few studies have been conducted on trends in authoritarian attitudes,
despite the importance of this research in our understanding of undemocratic
movements in society. Studies that have surveyed trends in authoritarianism are
already rather outdated, often based on student samples and conducted in only a
limited number of countries. Furthermore, until now, no study had tested whether
the meaning of authoritarianism is invariant across time. Using the European
Values Study, we examined trends in authoritarianism in 31 European countries
over the last decade (1999-2008), based on representative samples. It was found
that in many Western European countries, with the exception of the Netherlands,
authoritarianism declined significantly over the last decade. However, in some,
mostly Eastern European countries, levels of authoritarianism actually increased
significantly during the last decade. Changing levels of authoritarianism were
linked to extreme-right and anti-democratic sentiment in European societies
ISSN: 1309-8063
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
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× corresponding author
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