Extreme Activism? Psychological Determinants of Protest Behavior

Project: Research

Research areas and keywords

UKÄ subject classification

  • Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
  • Political Science (excluding Public Administration Studies and Globalization Studies)

Keywords

  • Protest activity, Political participation , Experiments, Extremism, Incentives

Description

FOCUSING ON EXPLAINING WHY SOME INDIVIDUALS TAKE PART IN PROTEST ACTIVITIES.
The project is funded by Vetenskapsrådet.
Research shows that the ways citizens become part of the political decision-making process in contemporary democracies have changed during the last decades. So called protest activity, including demonstrations, boycotts and signing petitions, has replaced more institutionalized forms of participation, such as party activity.

The general aim of this project is to explain why individuals protest. To answer questions of why individuals join collective action activities, we draw on the political science literature on participation and on the literature in the fields of social, personality, and cognitive psychology. We thereby combine and make contributions to different disciplinary fields.

To evaluate our hypotheses we perform a series of studies, including a survey and lab experiments.

Layman's description

For more information about the project, please see the projcet's website.\r\n
StatusFinished
Effective start/end date2012/01/012016/12/31

Participants

Related research output

Bäck, E., Hanna Bäck, Montgomery, H. & Funck, F., 2013, Insitutionen för Psykologi. 29 p. (Psykologiska rapporter från Lund)

Research output: Book/ReportReport

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