Political leaders' identity leadership and civic citizenship behavior: The mediating role of trust in fellow citizens and the moderating role of economic inequality

Lucas MONZANI*, Kira BIBIC, S. Alexander HASLAM, Rudolf KERSCHREITER, Jérémy E. WILSON LEMOINE, Niklas K. STEFFENS, Serap Arslan AKFIRAT, Christine Joy A. BALLADA, Tahir BAZAROV, John Jamir Benzon R. ARUTA, Lorenzo AVANZI, Aldijana BUNJAK, Matej ČERNE, Charlotte M. EDELMANN, Olga EPITROPAKI, Katrien FRANSEN, Cristina GRACÍA-AEL, Steffen GIESSNER, Ilka GLEIBS, Dorota GODLEWSKA-WERNERRonit KARK, Ana Laguia GONZALEZ, Hodar LAM, Anna LUPINA-WEGENER, Yannis MARKOVITS, Mazlan MASKOR, Fernando Jorge Molero ALONSO, Juan Antonio Moriano LEON, Pedro NEVES, Daniela PAUKNEROVÁ, Sylwiusz RETOWSKI, Christine RONALD-LÉVY, Adil SAMEKIN, Tomoki SEKIGUCHI, Joana STORY, Jeroen STOUTEN, Lilia SULTANOVA, Srinivasan TATACHARI, Lisanne VAN BUNDEREN, Dina VAN DIJK, Sut I. WONG, Rolf VAN DICK

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Identity leadership captures leaders efforts to create and promote a sense of shared group membership (i.e., a sense of “we” and of “us”) among followers. The present research report tests this claim by drawing on data from 26 countries that are part of the Global Identity Leadership Development (GILD) project to examine the relationship between political leaders' identity leadership and civic citizenship behavior (N = 6787). It also examines the contributions of trust and economic inequality to this relationship. Political leaders' identity leadership (PLIL) was positively associated with respondents' people-oriented civic citizenship behaviors (CCB-P) in 20 of 26 countries and civic citizenship behaviors aimed at one's country (CCB-C) in 23 of 26 countries. Mediational analyses also confirmed the indirect effects of PLIL via trust in fellow citizens on both CCB-P (in 25 out of 26 countries) and CCB-C (in all 26 countries). Economic inequality moderated these effects such that the main and indirect effects of trust in one's fellow citizens on CCB-C were stronger in countries with higher economic inequality. This interaction effect was not observed for CCB-P. The study highlights the importance of identity leadership and trust in fellow citizens in promoting civic citizenship behavior, especially in the context of economic inequality.

Original languageEnglish
JournalPolitical Psychology
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 4 Jan 2024

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Keywords

  • civic citizenship behavior
  • economic inequality
  • identity leadership
  • social identity
  • trust

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