The Two Dimensions of Narcissistic Personality and Support for the Radical Right : The Role of Right‐wing Authoritarianism, Social Dominance Orientation and Anti‐immigrant Sentiment

Faculty/Professorship: Political Sociology  
Author(s): Mayer, Sabrina Jasmin  ; Berning, Carl C.; Johann, David
Publisher Information: Bamberg : Otto-Friedrich-Universität
Year of publication: 2022
Pages: 60-76
Source/Other editions: European Journal of Personality, 34 (2020), 1, S. 60-76 - ISSN: 1099-0984
is version of: 10.1002/per.2228
Year of first publication: 2020
Language(s): English
Licence: Creative Commons - CC BY-NC - Attribution - NonCommercial 4.0 International 
URN: urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-irb-561987
This paper offers an explanation of the link between grandiose narcissism and support for radical right parties. Drawing on representative data of the GESIS Panel (N = 2827), focusing on support for the German radical right populist party Alternative for Germany in 2016 and treating grandiose narcissism as a two–dimensional concept, it is shown that the effects of grandiose narcissism are indirect rather than direct. The paper also reveals that it is mainly narcissistic rivalry that accounts for radical right party support, whereas narcissistic admiration has a protecting relationship. Finally, our results indicate that the indirect effects of narcissistic rivalry on radical right party support via right–wing authoritarianism and social dominance orientation, respectively, are mediated by anti–immigrant sentiment. All in all, our results suggest that in studies on ideological orientations and voting behaviour, both dimensions of grandiose narcissism should be considered due to their contradictory relationship. Moreover, our findings indicate that the success of radical right parties might be the expression of personality dispositions of some parts of the electorate.
GND Keywords: Narzismuss; Wahlverhalten; Alternative für Deutschland; Geschichte 2016
Keywords: grandiose narcissism, radical right parties, right-wing authoritarianism, social dominance orientation, anti-immigrant sentiment
DDC Classification: 320 Political Science  
RVK Classification: MG 15317   
Type: Article
Release Date: 10. November 2022

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