The Personal Foundations of Political Tolerance towards Immigrants

Freitag, Markus; Rapp, Carolin (2014). The Personal Foundations of Political Tolerance towards Immigrants. Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 41(3), pp. 351-373. Routledge 10.1080/1369183X.2014.924847

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In this paper, we expand previous research on the psychological foundations of attitudes towards immigrants by evaluating the role of the Big Five personality traits with regard to the formation of political tolerance. Following the literature, we elaborate tolerance as a sequential concept of rejection and acceptance to uncover differentiating effects of personality on both immigrant-specific prejudices as well as on the assignment of the right to vote as a pivotal political privilege to this group. Using a representative sample of the Swiss population, with its distinctive history related to the immigration issue, our two-step Heckman selection models reveal that extroverts and people who score low in agreeableness exhibit negative attitudes towards immigrants. At the same time, only openness to experience is significantly connected to the likeliness of granting immigrants the right to vote.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Social Sciences > Institute of Political Science

UniBE Contributor:

Freitag, Markus and Rapp, Carolin

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 320 Political science

ISSN:

1469-9451

Publisher:

Routledge

Language:

English

Submitter:

Giada Gianola

Date Deposited:

12 Dec 2014 10:30

Last Modified:

17 May 2016 10:17

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/1369183X.2014.924847

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.60666

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/60666

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