Perceived value congruence and attitudes toward international relations and foreign policies

Geoffrey Wetherell, Or'Shaundra Benson, Christine Reyna, Mark J Brandt

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Abstract

Much of the justification for granting foreign aid is to support nations and international policies promoting one's national values. However, little to no research has examined how perceptions of similarity between nations, especially value similarity, drive feelings toward other nations and policy preference. In 3 studies using United States samples, we examine relationships between dimensions of country-level similarity, perceptions of value similarity and threat, and policy support. Correlational data and manipulations of value similarity suggest that perceptions of value similarity are the most consistent predictor of support for foreign aid and are consistently driven by ally status and cultural similarity.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3-18
JournalBasic and Applied Social Psychology
Volume37
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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Wetherell, Geoffrey ; Benson, Or'Shaundra ; Reyna, Christine ; Brandt, Mark J. / Perceived value congruence and attitudes toward international relations and foreign policies. In: Basic and Applied Social Psychology. 2015 ; Vol. 37, No. 1. pp. 3-18.
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Perceived value congruence and attitudes toward international relations and foreign policies. / Wetherell, Geoffrey; Benson, Or'Shaundra; Reyna, Christine; Brandt, Mark J.

In: Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Vol. 37, No. 1, 2015, p. 3-18.

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