Voters’ feelings of exclusion and behavioral intentions after political elections: Replicating and extending findings on vicarious exclusion

Aydin, Nilüfer; Kleber, Janet; Mahr, Luisa A. M. and Gangl, KatharinaORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6009-3358 (2023) Voters’ feelings of exclusion and behavioral intentions after political elections: Replicating and extending findings on vicarious exclusion. Group Processes & Intergroup Relations. https://doi.org/10.1177/13684302231208402

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Abstract

Previous research from the United States suggests that having voted for a losing-side candidate in presidential elections is associated with individual feelings of exclusion and social pain, reactions usually observed in interpersonal or small-group instances of exclusion. The current research replicates these findings for voters of losing-side parties in a field study on a real election in a European country (Austria; Study 1), demonstrating that findings hold within a different political system. Moreover, we add experimental support for the causal effect of electoral loss on feelings of exclusion and social pain reactions in a two-party (Study 2) and a multiparty context (Study 3). We further extend previous research by demonstrating that postelectoral need-threat likely translates into behavioral intentions on a societal level (Studies 1–3). The current findings add to an emerging line of research on the importance of individual feelings of exclusion in politics by integrating small-group research with macropolitical behavior.

Item Type: Article in Academic Journal
Keywords: antisocial intentions, elections, ostracism, rejection, social exclusion, vicarious
Research Units: Current Research Groups > Behavioral Economics
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Date Deposited: 24 Nov 2023 12:48
Last Modified: 24 Nov 2023 12:48
DOI: 10.1177/13684302231208402
ISSN: 1461-7188
URI: https://irihs.ihs.ac.at/id/eprint/6785

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