Measuring populism across nations: Testing for measurement invariance of an inventory of populist attitudes


Wettstein, Martin ; Schulz, Anne ; Steenbergen, Marco ; Schemer, Christian ; Müller, Philipp ; Wirz, Dominique S. ; Wirth, Werner


DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/ijpor/edz018
URL: https://academic.oup.com/ijpor/advance-article/doi...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication Online: 2019
Date: 3 August 2019
The title of a journal, publication series: International Journal of Public Opinion Research
Place of publication: Oxford
Publishing house: Oxford Univ. Press
ISSN: 0954-2892 , 1471-6909
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Institut für Medien- u. Kommunikationswissenschaft
Subject: 300 Social sciences, sociology, anthropology
Abstract: The rising voter support for populist parties in Western Democracies in recent years has incited academic interest in populist voters and attitudes connected to the voting propensity of populist actors. In line of this research, numerous scales to measure populist attitudes among voters have been proposed. In most cases, however, the measurement of populist attitudes was tailored to specific countries and its applicability to cross-national research on populism was not assessed. This article uses a cross-national survey to assess the measurement invariance, reliability, and validity of a deductively developed inventory for populist attitudes. The findings suggest that there is a common attitudinal base to left- and right-wing populism which may be measured reliably and invariantly across nations.

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Wettstein, Martin ; Schulz, Anne ; Steenbergen, Marco ; Schemer, Christian ; Müller, Philipp ORCID: 0000-0002-5351-0608 ; Wirz, Dominique S. ; Wirth, Werner (2019) Measuring populism across nations: Testing for measurement invariance of an inventory of populist attitudes. International Journal of Public Opinion Research Oxford [Article]


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