Individualism, collectivism, and voting behaviour: a pilot study into the 2007 Australian federal election

Beccaria, Gavin and Baczynski, Michael P. (2008) Individualism, collectivism, and voting behaviour: a pilot study into the 2007 Australian federal election. In: 43rd Australian Psychological Society Annual Conference 2008, 23-27 Sep 2008, Hobart, Australia.

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Individualism and collectivism constructs has been discussed in a number of contexts in the social sciences (Triandis, 1998), including social systems, morality and cultural patterns (Triandis, 1990). To date much of the research has focused on cultural differences in the individualism-collectivism construct; and the application of these constructs to political ideology and voting intentions is scarce. It is arguable that more centre-right parties (e.g. Liberal- National) are more likely to endorse individualism than centre-left parties (Labour or Greens), whereas this trend may be reversed for collectivism. An exit
poll was conducted at a provisional city polling booth in the November 2007 Federal Election. Fifty respondents were given a questionnaire about voting behaviour. They were also given a modified 20-item version of the Individualism-Collectivism Scale (ICS). The modified ICS had fair to adequate internal consistencies for Collectivism (α=.60) and
Individualism (α= .77). A one-way ANOVA found people who voted Liberal-National endorsed individualism significantly higher than people who voted Labour or the Greens. There were no differences between Labour and Greens voters.
Voting behaviour did not provide any differences in
the Collectivism scale.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Awaiting paper from author.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2009 09:03
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:17
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia; voting behaviour; collectivism; individualism; Labor Party; Greens party; Liberal-National Party
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160601 Australian Government and Politics
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160609 Political Theory and Political Philosophy
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences

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