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Measuring populism across nations: testing for measurement invariance of an inventory of populist attitudes


Wettstein, Martin; Schulz, Anne; Steenbergen, Marco R; Schemer, Christian; Müller, Philipp; Wirz, Dominique S; Wirth, Werner (2020). Measuring populism across nations: testing for measurement invariance of an inventory of populist attitudes. International Journal of Public Opinion Research, 32(2):284-305.

Abstract

The rising voter support for populist parties in Western Democracies in recent years has incited academic interest in populist voters and attitudes connected to the voting propensity of populist actors. In line of this research, numerous scales to measure populist attitudes among voters have been proposed. In most cases, however, the measurement of populist attitudes was tailored to specific countries and its applicability to cross-national research on populism was not assessed. This article uses a cross-national survey to assess the measurement invariance, reliability, and validity of a deductively developed inventory for populist attitudes. The findings suggest that there is a common attitudinal base to left- and right-wing populism which may be measured reliably and invariantly across nations.

Abstract

The rising voter support for populist parties in Western Democracies in recent years has incited academic interest in populist voters and attitudes connected to the voting propensity of populist actors. In line of this research, numerous scales to measure populist attitudes among voters have been proposed. In most cases, however, the measurement of populist attitudes was tailored to specific countries and its applicability to cross-national research on populism was not assessed. This article uses a cross-national survey to assess the measurement invariance, reliability, and validity of a deductively developed inventory for populist attitudes. The findings suggest that there is a common attitudinal base to left- and right-wing populism which may be measured reliably and invariantly across nations.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Political Science
06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Communication and Media Research
Dewey Decimal Classification:700 Arts
Language:English
Date:1 June 2020
Deposited On:26 Feb 2020 14:11
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 14:37
Publisher:Oxford University Press
ISSN:0954-2892
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/edz018

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