Opinion-based group membership as a predictor of commitment to political action
Version of Record online: 18 AUG 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Social Psychology
Volume 37, Issue 1, pages 19–32, January/February 2007
How to Cite
Bliuc, A.-M., McGarty, C., Reynolds, K. and Muntele, D. (2007), Opinion-based group membership as a predictor of commitment to political action. Eur. J. Soc. Psychol., 37: 19–32. doi: 10.1002/ejsp.334
- Issue online: 21 DEC 2006
- Version of Record online: 18 AUG 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 NOV 2005
- Manuscript Received: 10 NOV 2004
Research on group identification has shown it to be a surprisingly weak predictor of intentions to take large-scale social action. The weak links may exist because researchers have not always examined identification with the type of group that is most relevant for predicting action. Our focus in two studies (one in Romania and one in Australia, both Ns = 101) was on opinion-based groups (i.e. groups formed around shared opinions). We found that social identification with opinion-based groups was an excellent predictor of political behavioural intentions, particularly when items measuring identity certainty were included. The results provide clear evidence of the role of social identity constructs for predicting commitment to social action and complement analyses of politicised collective identity and crowd behaviour. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.