What is central to political belief system networks?

M.J. Brandt, C.G. Sibley, D. Osborne

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Abstract

A central challenge for identifying core components of a belief system is xamining the position of components within the structure of the entire belief system. We test whether operational (i.e. positions on issues) or symbolic (i.e. affective attachments to political groups and labels) components are most central by modeling a political belief system as a network of interconnected attitudes and beliefs. Across seven waves of representative panel data from
New Zealand, we find that symbolic components are more central than perational components (d’s range 0.78 – 0.97). Symbolic components were also closer than operational components in the network to self-reported voting (d = -2.43), pro-environmental actions (d’s = -1.71 and -1.63), and religious behaviors (d = -0.74). These findings are consistent with perspectives that emphasize the importance of symbolic politics in tying belief systems
together and motivating behavior, and further the link between political belief system research and network science.
Keywords: Belief systems, networks, ideology, political psychology
Original languageEnglish
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
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Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2019

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What is central to political belief system networks? / Brandt, M.J.; Sibley, C.G.; Osborne, D.

In: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 2019.

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