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Personalizing Politics and Realizing Democracy$
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Gian Vittorio Caprara and Michele Vecchione

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780199982868

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199982868.001.0001

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Personal Determinants of Political Divisions

Personal Determinants of Political Divisions

(p.121) Chapter 4 Personal Determinants of Political Divisions
Personalizing Politics and Realizing Democracy

Gian Vittorio Caprara

Michele Vecchione

Oxford University Press

This chapter addresses the function of political ideology, as well as the extent to which traditional left-right and liberal-conservative distinctions still orient citizens’ political choices. It then focuses on empirical studies aimed at assessing the role of personality dispositions and basic values in accounting for political choice. Findings attest to the unique contribution of personality to understand citizens’ political choices and to better appreciate what is common and distinctive in traditional ideological division. It also discusses the relationship of basic traits and values with religiosity, as well as the influence that religiosity plays in accounting for political preference across countries that differ widely in history and culture.

Keywords:   political ideology, left-right, liberal-conservative, religiosity

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