Collection of the New Zealand Attitudes and Values Study 2009 (NZAVS-09) data analyzed in this article was funded by University of Auckland FRDF (#3624435/9853) and ECREA (#3626075) grants awarded to Chris Sibley. This manuscript forms part of Ryan Perry's PhD thesis, supervised by Chris Sibley.
A Dual-Process Motivational Model of Social and Economic Policy Attitudes
Article first published online: 26 JUN 2013
© 2013 The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues
Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy
Volume 13, Issue 1, pages 262–285, December 2013
How to Cite
Perry, R. and Sibley, C. G. (2013), A Dual-Process Motivational Model of Social and Economic Policy Attitudes. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 13: 262–285. doi: 10.1111/asap.12019
- Issue published online: 5 DEC 2013
- Article first published online: 26 JUN 2013
- University of Auckland FRDF. Grant Number: #3624435/9853
- ECREA. Grant Number: #3626075
The dual process model (DPM) of ideology and prejudice suggests that right-wing authoritarianism (RWA) and social dominance orientation (SDO) should differentially predict support for social versus economic policies. We test a differential prediction hypothesis in which support for social policies should be predicted by RWA, and support for economic policies should be predicted by SDO. We further test a dual mediation hypothesis suggesting that RWA and SDO differentially mediate the indirect effects of distinct combinations of personality traits and social worldviews on these policy attitudes. The hypothesized model provided a reasonable fit in a large New Zealand sample (N = 6,886). Policy attitudes thus consist of at least two dimensions: social versus economic. Individual differences in these attitudes are differentially predicted by RWA and SDO—in much the same way as generalized intergroup attitudes and prejudice.