International Society of Political Psychology

Conference Abstracts

Demonstrating on their Bicycles? The Relationship Between Political Efficacy and Participation Motiv

Nicolas Van der Linden, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB); Laurent Licata, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)

Conference: ISPP 2011
Affiliation: Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Research Area: Social inequality and social change

Belgium presently provides a unique context for the study of political mobilization. This study, conducted in September 2008, documents Flemings’ political sentiments during a critical transitional period in the country’s political history. A total of 109 participants to the Gordel 2008, a sports and family event with political undertone, took part to an online survey. Participants’ motives for participating to the Gordel were collected. Participants’ intergroup attributions, collective emotions as well as their level of political efficacy, political knowledge, national and regional identification, and exposure to the media were also measured. Based on previous empirical studies (e.g. Craig & Maggiotto, 1981), we predicted that individuals who participated to the Gordel 2008 for political reasons would exhibit higher degrees of internal/personal political efficacy and lower degrees of external/federal political efficacy than individuals who participated for non-political motives. Results will be discussed at the meeting.