The Formation of Left-Right Identification: Pathways and Correlates of Parental Influence

Guillem Rico, M. Kent Jennings

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© 2016 International Society of Political Psychology. Given the significance of the left-right dimension as one of the most frequently employed capping term of ideological thought in most western democracies, the question arises as to how people come to identify themselves along this continuum. Drawing on a set of parent-child pairs located in Catalonia, we seek to determine whether the processes found elsewhere with respect to the intergenerational transmission of partisanship and issue stances also apply to left-right ideology, in a novel context characterized by the presence of a distinctive, partially cross-cutting dimension based on center-periphery loyalties. Results provide strong support for the principles of the direct transmission model as derived from social learning theory, while also showing the significant role of parents' place identities in conditioning the passing on of left-right orientations.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-252
JournalPolitical Psychology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2016


  • Families
  • Ideology
  • Left-right
  • Place identity
  • Political socialization


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