Political Leaders' Identity Leadership and Civic Citizenship Behavior: The Mediating Role of Trust in Fellow Citizens and the Moderating Role of Economic Inequality

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Monzani, L., Bibic, K., Haslam, S. A., Kerschreiter, R., Wilson-Lemoine, J. E., Steffens, N. K., Akfirat, S. A., Ballada, C. J. A., Bazarov, T., Aruta, J. J. B. R., Avanzi, L., Bunjak, A., Černe, M., Edelmann, C. M., Epitropaki, O., Fransen, K., García-Ael, C., Giessner, S., Gleibs, I., Godlewska-Werner, D., Kark, R., Gonzalez, A. L., Lam, H., Lupina-Wegener, A., Markovits, Y., Maskor, M., Alonso, F. J. M., Leon, J. A. M., Neves, P., Pauknerová, D., Retowski, S., Roland-Lévy, C., Samekin, A., Sekiguchi, T., Story, J., Stouten, J., Sultanova, L., Tatachari, S., van Bunderen, L., Van Dijk, D., I Wong, S. and van Dick, R. 2024. Political Leaders' Identity Leadership and Civic Citizenship Behavior: The Mediating Role of Trust in Fellow Citizens and the Moderating Role of Economic Inequality. Political Psychology. In Press. https://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12952
AuthorsMonzani, L., Bibic, K., Haslam, S. A., Kerschreiter, R., Wilson-Lemoine, J. E., Steffens, N. K., Akfirat, S. A., Ballada, C. J. A., Bazarov, T., Aruta, J. J. B. R., Avanzi, L., Bunjak, A., Černe, M., Edelmann, C. M., Epitropaki, O., Fransen, K., García-Ael, C., Giessner, S., Gleibs, I., Godlewska-Werner, D., Kark, R., Gonzalez, A. L., Lam, H., Lupina-Wegener, A., Markovits, Y., Maskor, M., Alonso, F. J. M., Leon, J. A. M., Neves, P., Pauknerová, D., Retowski, S., Roland-Lévy, C., Samekin, A., Sekiguchi, T., Story, J., Stouten, J., Sultanova, L., Tatachari, S., van Bunderen, L., Van Dijk, D., I Wong, S. and van Dick, R.
Abstract

Identity leadership involves leaders creating and promoting a sense of shared group membership (a sense of 'we' and 'us') among followers. The present research report tests this claim by drawing on data from 26 countries that are part of the Global Identity Leadership Development (GILD) project to examine the relationship between political leaders' identity leadership and civic citizenship behavior (N = 6,787). It also examines the contribution of trust and economic inequality to this relationship. Political leaders' identity leadership (PLIL) was positively associated with respondents' people-oriented civic citizenship behaviors (CCB-P) in 20 of 26 countries and civic citizenship behaviors aimed at one's country (CCB-C) in 23 of 26 countries. Mediational analyses also confirmed the indirect effects of PLIL via trust in fellow citizens on both CCB-P (in 25 out of the 26 countries) and CCB-C (in all 26 countries). Economic inequality moderated these effects such that the main and indirect effects of trust in one's fellow citizens on CCB-C were stronger in countries with higher economic inequality. This interaction effect was not observed for CCB-P. The study highlights the importance of identity leadership and trust in fellow citizens in promoting civic citizenship behavior, especially in the context of economic inequality.

KeywordsSocial Identity; Identity Leadership; Economic Inequality; Trust; Civic Citizenship Behavior
JournalPolitical Psychology
Journal citationIn Press
ISSN0162-895X
Year2024
PublisherWiley for the International Society of Political Psychology
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/pops.12952
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Accepted05 Oct 2023
Deposited14 Nov 2023
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