Linking Extraversion to Collective and Individual Forms of Political Participation: The Mediating Role of Political Discussion

Brigitte Huber, Manuel Goyanes, Homero Gil de Zúñiga

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Abstract

Objectives: Scholars are increasingly investigating the role of citizens’ personality in activating political behavior. We test whether extraversion is associated to collective political activities (i.e., activities that include social interaction) and individual ones (i.e., activities that do not include social interactions). Methods: We use originally collected survey data from five countries (Brazil, Korea, Russia, United States, United Kingdom). Results: We found that extraversion is positively and directly related to collective political activities in Brazil, Korea and Russia. Results show no direct relationship between individual forms of political activities and extraversion. However, political discussion fully mediates the relationship between extraversion and individual forms of political activities in all five countries. Conclusion: This study contributes to growing discussions on the role of personality traits in explaining political participation across countries, arguing that the relationship between extraversion and diverse forms of political participation are also context-driven and nourished by political discussion.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalSocial Science Quarterly
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)

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