The Structure of Political Attitudes in Hungary and Serbia

B. Todosijevic

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    Abstract

    The article presents a comparative examination of the structure of political ideology in two post-communist countries, Serbia and Hungary. A broad set of indicators of specific political attitudes is reduced to a smaller number of latent ideological dimensions via factor analysis. The precise meaning of the dimensions is determined after the analysis of their relationships with authoritarianism, out-group sympathy, prejudices, ideological self-identification, party-preference, and socio-demographic variables. Hungarian mass attitudes vary along dimensions of (1) alienation—socialism and (2) nationalist—antisocialism. Results for Serbia revealed the convergence of nationalist and pro-communist attitudes into a single dimension while another factor joined egalitarianism with social alienation. In both countries, authoritarianism is an important determinant of ideological dimensions, especially of pro-communist nationalism in Serbia and alienation— socialism in Hungary. Socio-demographic background variables are weaker determinants of ideological dimensions in Serbia compared with Hungary. In both countries, attitudinal factors differentiate supporters of the main political parties.
    Original languageUndefined
    Pages (from-to)879-900
    Number of pages23
    JournalEast European politics and societies
    Volume22
    Issue number4
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2008

    Keywords

    • political attitudes
    • Serbia
    • Ideology
    • IR-67154
    • METIS-252017
    • Hungary
    • structure of attitudes

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