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Political leaders' identity leadership and civic citizenship behavior: the mediating role of trust in fellow citizens and the moderating role of economic inequality

Monzani, Lucas, Bibic, Kira, Haslam, S. Alexander, Kerschreiter, Rudolf, Wilson-Lemoine, Jérémy E., Steffens, Niklas K., Akfirat, Serap Arslan, Ballada, Christine Joy A., Bazarov, Tahir, Jamir Benzon R. Aruta, John, Avanzi, Lorenzo, Bunjak, Aldijana, Černe, Matej, Edelmann, Charlotte M., Epitropaki, Olga, Fransen, Katrien, García-Ael, Cristina, Giessner, Steffen, Gleibs, Ilka H. ORCID: 0000-0002-9913-250X, Godlewska-Werner, Dorota, Kark, Ronit, Ramat-Gan, Israel, Laguia Gonzalez, Ana, Lam, Hodar, Lupina-Wegener, Anna, Markovits, Yannis, Maskor, Mazlan, Molero Alonso, Fernando Jorge, Antonio Moriano Leon, Juan, Neves, Pedro, Pauknerová, Daniela, Retowski, Sylwiusz, Roland-Lévy, Christine, Samekin, Adil, Sekiguchi, Tomoki, Story, Joana, Stouten, Jeroen, Sultanova, Lilia, Tatachari, Srinivasan, van Bunderen, Lisanne, Van Dijk, Dina, Wong, Sut I and van Dick, Rolf (2024) Political leaders' identity leadership and civic citizenship behavior: the mediating role of trust in fellow citizens and the moderating role of economic inequality. Political Psychology. ISSN 0162-895X

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Identity leadership involves leaders creating and promoting a sense of shared group membership (a sense of 'we' and 'us') among followers. The present research report tests this claim by drawing on data from 26 countries that are part of the Global Identity Leadership Development (GILD) project to examine the relationship between political leaders' identity leadership and civic citizenship behavior (N = 6,787). It also examines the contribution of trust and economic inequality to this relationship. Political leaders' identity leadership (PLIL) was positively associated with respondents' people-oriented civic citizenship behaviors (CCB-P) in 20 of 26 countries and civic citizenship behaviors aimed at one's country (CCB-C) in 23 of 26 countries. Mediational analyses also confirmed the indirect effects of PLIL via trust in fellow citizens on both CCB-P (in 25 out of the 26 countries) and CCB-C (in all 26 countries). Economic inequality moderated these effects such that the main and indirect effects of trust in one's fellow citizens on CCB-C were stronger in countries with higher economic inequality. This interaction effect was not observed for CCB-P. The study highlights the importance of identity leadership and trust in fellow citizens in promoting civic citizenship behavior, especially in the context of economic inequality.

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Additional Information: © 2024 The Authors
Divisions: Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
J Political Science
H Social Sciences
JEL classification: D - Microeconomics > D6 - Welfare Economics > D63 - Equity, Justice, Inequality, and Other Normative Criteria and Measurement
Date Deposited: 06 Oct 2023 10:18
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2024 08:39

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