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Dimensions of Ideology: A Review of Social-Psychological Literature

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Todosijević, Bojan

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Abstract In social psychological literature, ideology is typically conceived as a relatively stable and organized set of general orientations that include interrelated attitudes grouped according to various sources of constraint, such as psychological disposition, general values, or ideological traditions. The paper reviews social-psychological literature on the organization of social attitudes. Research on this topic started nearly eight decades ago, inspired by the research on the structure of intellectual abilities. Since then, a large body of literature has been generated, which has not been systematically reviewed. Despite the long tradition, this literature has not resulted in proportional cumulative scientific development. The review should help improving this situation by listing the relevant studies, examining the research methodology and the main findings. The review ends with the critical summary of the man findings and methodological problems, and recommendations for the future research.
Keywords ideology; attitude; measurement; methodology; social psychology
Classification Social Psychology
Document language English
Publication Year 2014
Page/Pages p. 12-30
Journal European Quarterly of Political Attitudes and Mentalities, 3 (2014) 1
ISSN 2285-4916
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works