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The role of motivational processes in the relationship between national identification and political participation

[Speaker] Caspi, Avner:1
[Co-author] Liviatan, Ido:1, Roccas, Sonia:1
1:Open University of Israel (Israel)

What predicts political participation? Past research has shown that identification with the nation positively predicts political participation. However the psychological processes involved in this relationship are yet to be understood. We reason that motivation has a crucial role in this relationship. In the present research we present a new moderated mediation model focusing on the motivational processes that link identification with political participation. Using an Israeli representative sample (N=503), we show that the motivation to be politically involved mediates the relationship between identification and voting. Further, personal value priorities moderate the relationship between identification and motivation for political involvement: the more people emphasize concern for others (i.e., high on self transcendence values) the stronger the relationship between identification and motivation for political involvement. This research highlights the interactive effects of two motivational aspects in the relationship between national identification and political participation: specific (political) - and general (values).
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