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Political discrimination in the aftermath of violence: the case of the Greek riots

Hugh-Jones, David, Katsanidou, Alexia and Riener, Gerhard (2009) Political discrimination in the aftermath of violence: the case of the Greek riots. GreeSE: Hellenic Observatory papers on Greece and Southeast Europe (30). Hellenic Observatory, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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We examine discrimination against outgroups in the context of the December 2008 riots in Greece after the killing of a 15-year-old student by a special police agent. We examine students’ allocations between themselves and others, including police, in modified Dictator games, allowing us to test theories of discrimination on behavior with real payoff consequences. Treatments examined the effect of in-group norms and environmental cues on discrimination. We find that cues in the environment increase discrimination. However, contrary to existing research, in-group norms do not increase discrimination. We also correlate discrimination with attitudes towards the riots themselves, providing a laboratory test of the “frame alignment” theory of mobilization. Laboratory behaviour was correlated with self-reported participation in demonstrations, supporting the external validity of our measure.

Item Type: Monograph (Discussion Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2009 The Authors
Divisions: European Institute
Hellenic Observatory
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DF Greece
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Date Deposited: 22 Dec 2009 11:38
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2021 00:22

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