Social intolerance and protest behavior
New article by Carolin Rapp (LCSR Associate Researcher) and her colleague titled “The consequences of social intolerance on non-violent protest” was published in European Political Science Review.
New article by Carolin Rapp (LCSR Associate Researcher) and Kathrin Ackermann (University of Bern, Switzerland) titled “The consequences of social intolerance on non-violent protest” was published in European Political Science Review.
The paper scrutinizes the impact of intolerance toward diverse ethnic, religious, and cultural groups on an individual`s willingness to actively engage in non-violent protest. Following new insights, the authors examine the individual as well as the ecological effect of social intolerance on protest behaviour. Drawing from insights of social psychology and communication science, the authors expect that the prevalence of intolerance reinforces the positive effect of individual-level intolerance on protest participation. From a rational choice perspective, however, a negative moderating effect is expected, as the expression of opinions becomes redundant for intolerant individuals in an intolerant society. The authors base our multilevel analyses on data from the World Values Surveys covering 32 established democracies. The results reveal that intolerance leads to more non-violent protest participation. This relationship, however, is strongly influenced by the prevalence of intolerance in a country.
The article can be found via the link below: