We thank Frank Asbrock, Sabine Pahl, and Thomas Petzel for helpful comments on earlier versions of this article.
Effects of Right-Wing Authoritarianism and Threat from Terrorism on Restriction of Civil Liberties
Version of Record online: 16 NOV 2005
Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy
Volume 5, Issue 1, pages 263–276, December 2005
How to Cite
Cohrs, J. C., Kielmann, S., Maes, J. and Moschner, B. (2005), Effects of Right-Wing Authoritarianism and Threat from Terrorism on Restriction of Civil Liberties. Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy, 5: 263–276. doi: 10.1111/j.1530-2415.2005.00071.x
- Issue online: 16 NOV 2005
- Version of Record online: 16 NOV 2005
In an Internet survey (N = 275), we investigated how right-wing authoritarianism (RWA), social dominance orientation (SDO), personal values, and political ideology predicted attitudes toward restriction of civil liberties and toward surveillance measured one year later. Feelings of threat from terrorism were also taken into account. RWA, SDO, political ideology, security values, and self-direction values were significant predictors. In addition, RWA interacted with threat from terrorism, in that threat reinforced the positive effect of RWA on support for surveillance measures. Thus, the study contributes to the understanding of psychological reasons for support for political measures related to civil liberties.