Emotional reactions to success and failure of collective action as predictors of future action intentions: A longitudinal investigation in the context of student protests in Germany

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  • Nicole Tausch,

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    1. School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, Scotland
      Nicole Tausch, School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, St Mary's Quad, South Street, St Andrews KY16 9JP, UK (e-mail: nt20@st-andrews.ac.uk).
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  • Julia C. Becker

    1. Department of Psychology, Philipps-University Marburg, Germany
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Nicole Tausch, School of Psychology, University of St Andrews, St Mary's Quad, South Street, St Andrews KY16 9JP, UK (e-mail: nt20@st-andrews.ac.uk).

Abstract

This research examined how emotional responses to success and failure of collective action relate to willingness to engage in collective action in the future. It was hypothesized that both pride (in relation to a success) and anger (in response to failure) would motivate future collective action. Findings are reported from a two-wave longitudinal study (N= 98) in the context of student protests against tuition fees in Germany, which was conducted before and after collective action had resulted in both a success and a failure. While anger positively predicted action intentions, over and above baseline action intentions, pride exerted a significant indirect effect on action intentions via increased efficacy perceptions, over and above baseline efficacy and action intentions. Politicized identification positively predicted the intensity of both pride and anger and baseline group efficacy positively predicted the intensity of anger. The theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.

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