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  1. Peter Suedfeld

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0101

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Suedfeld, P. 2010. Authoritarianism. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. University of British Columbia, Canada

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  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


Authoritarianism is one of the most studied and most controversial concepts in personality, social, and political psychology. It also has wide usage in political discourse, as, for example, in the distinction between authoritarian and totalitarian regimes. It has entered the general vocabulary: a Google search finds more than one-and-a-half million references to the word.


  • authoritarianism;
  • F Scale;
  • anti-democratic personality