Democracy as a legitimizing ideology

Pj Henry, Geoffrey Wetherell, Mark J. Brandt

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    Democracy as an abstract belief system bestows rights to individuals and serves egalitarian principles. However, the language of democracy may be used to justify harmful treatment of others in the world. Data from 3 representative samples of adults are presented demonstrating that satisfaction with and support for democracy are associated with support for militarism, a hierarchy-maintaining tool, among those who oppose equality compared with those who support equality. Furthermore, these data highlight the importance of political (Study 2) and historical (Study 3) contexts, demonstrating that democracy is associated with militarism particularly when people oppose equality, in contexts in which democracy is especially valued, and at historical moments when it is militarily expedient (i.e., wartime).

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)648-664
    Number of pages17
    JournalPeace and Conflict
    Volume21
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

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    Keywords

    • Democracy
    • Equality
    • Legitimizing ideology
    • Militarism
    • Social dominance

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    • Political Science and International Relations

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    Henry, P., Wetherell, G., & Brandt, M. J. (2015). Democracy as a legitimizing ideology. Peace and Conflict, 21(4), 648-664. https://doi.org/10.1037/pac0000117

    Democracy as a legitimizing ideology. / Henry, Pj; Wetherell, Geoffrey; Brandt, Mark J.

    In: Peace and Conflict, Vol. 21, No. 4, 01.01.2015, p. 648-664.

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    Henry, P, Wetherell, G & Brandt, MJ 2015, 'Democracy as a legitimizing ideology', Peace and Conflict, vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 648-664. https://doi.org/10.1037/pac0000117
    Henry P, Wetherell G, Brandt MJ. Democracy as a legitimizing ideology. Peace and Conflict. 2015 Jan 1;21(4):648-664. https://doi.org/10.1037/pac0000117
    Henry, Pj ; Wetherell, Geoffrey ; Brandt, Mark J. / Democracy as a legitimizing ideology. In: Peace and Conflict. 2015 ; Vol. 21, No. 4. pp. 648-664.
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