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Which personality fits personalised representation?

Hudson, J; Helboe Pedersen, H; Campbell, R; Bøggild, T; Nilsen, M; (2019) Which personality fits personalised representation? Party Politics , 27 (2) pp. 269-281. 10.1177/1354068819855703. Green open access

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Abstract

In this article, we propose an individual level explanation for variation in personalized representation, and ask which personality fits personalized representation? Building on political psychology literature, we derive hypotheses about how fundamental personality traits such as extraversion and agreeableness, correlate with politicians’ preferences for personalized representation. We investigate these expectations using new survey data collected simultaneously among Danish and British MPs, including comprehensive personality measures. We show that personalized representation is particularly pronounced among MPs with higher levels of extraversion, openness to experience, and lower levels of agreeableness. Furthermore, and in line with our theoretical expectations, we show that the correlations between personality traits and preferences for personalization vary across countries. Our findings suggest that personalized representation has an underlying personal dimension; consequently, politicians with certain personality traits may have an electoral advantage, particularly where politics become increasingly personalized.

Type: Article
Title: Which personality fits personalised representation?
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1354068819855703
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1354068819855703
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Personalized politics; Personality; Elite survey; Political Representation; Denmark; UK
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10072470
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