Political interest and new left-right ideology: Familial transmission, personality and education

  • Hebbelstrup Rye Rasmussen, Stig (PI)

Projekter: ProjektForskning



Traditionally, education has been seen as an important determinant of political
interest, liberal attitudes and a host of other political behaviors. Recent studies
have questioned this claim due to problems of self-selection and argued that
education is a “proxy” for predispositions such as personality traits and cognitive
ability that are influenced (1) by genetic dispositions and (2) pre-adult experiences,
such as family background. Previous research has not examined the relative
importance of these influences. I will use a sample of Danish twins to examine two
research questions: (a) To what extent is the effect of education on political
interest and new left-right ideology genetically confounded and/or confounded by
family upbringing? (b) To what extent do personality traits mediate the effect of
genetic predispositions and/or family upbringing on education and, ultimately, on
political interest and ideology?


Effektiv start/slut dato01/02/201528/02/2017