Speaker: Dr Francesco Rigoli, Senior Lecturer at City, University of London
Political extremism has been growing in several Western countries. This has prompted scholars to understand why.
To contribute to this research endeavour, I will present two studies on the social and psychological factors shaping political extremism in the contemporary world.
Adopting a sociological perspective, study 1 examines data from the World Value Survey to assess the success of political extremism on a global scale.
This study integrates prior research where the focus has been exclusively on the West.
Study 2 explores the psychology of extremism focusing on the notion of values (e.g., equality, freedom, wealth etc.) - an aspect poorly investigated so far.
It asks the question: do people embracing extreme ideologies (both on the left and on the right) process values differently compared to people supporting moderate ideologies?
The last part of the talk will propose an extension of modernisation theory where findings from part 1 and 2 are integrated in a coherent framework.
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