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How people organise cultural attitudes : cultural belief systems and the populist radical right

(2017) WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS. 40(4). p.791-811
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Political scientists generally agree that all individuals structure their cultural attitudes in the same unidimensional fashion. However, various populist radical right parties remarkably combine moral progressiveness with conservatism regarding immigration-related issues. This suggests that the structuring of cultural attitudes among the electorate may also be more complex than typically assumed. Applying Correlational Class Analysis to representative survey data, the study uncovers three cultural belief systems. For individuals adhering to an integrated one, all cultural attitudes are interdependent, as typically assumed. However, two alternative belief systems are also uncovered: intermediate and partitioned. In the latter, positions on one cultural attitude (e.g. ethnocentrism) are barely related to positions on others (e.g. rejecting Islam or opposing homosexuality). The existence of multiple cultural belief systems challenges the widely held assumption that all people organise their cultural attitudes similarly. Both political party agendas and individuals’ education level and religion appear key to understanding variation in belief systems.
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Belief systems, correlational class analysis, cultural issues, ethnocentrism, political attitudes, populist radical right parties, rejection of islam, RIGHT-WING PARTIES, GEERT WILDERS, EXTREME-RIGHT, POLICY, EUROPE, VALUES, MEDIA

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MLA
Daenekindt, Stijn, et al. “How People Organise Cultural Attitudes : Cultural Belief Systems and the Populist Radical Right.” WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS, vol. 40, no. 4, 2017, pp. 791–811.
APA
Daenekindt, S., de Koster, W., & van der Waal, J. (2017). How people organise cultural attitudes : cultural belief systems and the populist radical right. WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS, 40(4), 791–811.
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Daenekindt, Stijn, Willem de Koster, and Jeroen van der Waal. 2017. “How People Organise Cultural Attitudes : Cultural Belief Systems and the Populist Radical Right.” WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS 40 (4): 791–811.
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Daenekindt, Stijn, Willem de Koster, and Jeroen van der Waal. 2017. “How People Organise Cultural Attitudes : Cultural Belief Systems and the Populist Radical Right.” WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS 40 (4): 791–811.
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Daenekindt S, de Koster W, van der Waal J. How people organise cultural attitudes : cultural belief systems and the populist radical right. WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS. 2017;40(4):791–811.
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S. Daenekindt, W. de Koster, and J. van der Waal, “How people organise cultural attitudes : cultural belief systems and the populist radical right,” WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 791–811, 2017.
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  issn         = {{0140-2382}},
  journal      = {{WEST EUROPEAN POLITICS}},
  keywords     = {{Belief systems,correlational class analysis,cultural issues,ethnocentrism,political  attitudes,populist radical right parties,rejection of islam,RIGHT-WING PARTIES,GEERT WILDERS,EXTREME-RIGHT,POLICY,EUROPE,VALUES,MEDIA}},
  language     = {{eng}},
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  title        = {{How people organise cultural attitudes : cultural belief systems and the populist radical right}},
  url          = {{http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01402382.2016.1271970}},
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