Pavlos Vasilopoulos

Pavlos Vasilopoulos
The University of York · Department of Politics

PhD

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Authoritarianism is a key concept in personality psychology, with a strong impact on political behavior in the United States. Yet, it has rarely been included in studies of political behavior in Europe. Drawing on a nationwide representative sample of the French electorate, we assess the demographic correlates of authoritarianism, as well as its im...
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The finding that threat boosts the public’s preferences for authoritarian policies has been well established in the research literature. Why this shift occurs remains open as the extant literature reports contradictory findings regarding the interaction of dispositions, such as conservatism and authoritarianism, with threat. One line of research ar...
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The impact of terrorist events on attitude formation and change among mass publics has been well established in political research. Still, no individual-level study has examined the impact of terrorist attacks on political participation. This article aims to fill that gap. Drawing on theories of affect, it is predicted that fear stemming from a ter...
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The conjecture that negative emotions underpin support for far‐right politics is common among pundits and scholars. The conventional account holds that authoritarian populists catalyze public anxiety about the changing social order and/or deteriorating national economic conditions, and this anxiety subsequently drives up support for the far right....
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This study investigates what impact the terrorist attacks in Paris (2015) and Nice (2016) had on political attitudes in France. Drawing on nine cross-sectional surveys, it tests the premises of three major theories of opinion change that predict contrasting shifts in opinion among ordinary citizens according to their ideological position in the aft...
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This article introduces data collected in the Citizens’ Attitudes Under Covid-19 Project (CAUCP), which surveyed public opinion throughout the Covid-19 pandemic in 11 democracies between March and December 2020. In this paper, we present a unique cross-country panel survey of citizens’ attitudes and behaviors during a worldwide unprecedented health...
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The Covid‐19 pandemic brought unprecedented governmental restrictions to personal and political freedoms. This article investigates individual‐level differences in mass support for the restriction of civil liberties during the first wave of the Covid‐19 pandemic. Employing theories of affect and decision‐making, it assesses the extent to which diff...
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This article introduces data collected in the Citizens' Attitudes Under Covid-19 Project (CAUCP), which surveyed public opinion throughout the Covid-19 pandemic in 11 countries between March to December 2020. In this paper, we present a unique cross-country panel survey of citizens' attitudes and behaviors during a worldwide unprecedented health, g...
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The assumption that increasing diversity and economic hardship boost support for the far right is widespread, yet extant research comes up with contradictory findings. This article investigates the link between context and the far right by investigating the impact of immigration and unemployment on voting for Marine Le Pen in the first round of the...
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In this article we examine the impact of emotions in an independence referendum. New Caledonia – a French Pacific territory with 270,000 inhabitants – held a self-determination referendum in November 2018, in which 56% of the voters opted to remain a part of France. We conducted a post-referendum survey with 1496 respondents that included a specifi...
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Because of the legacy of the French Revolution and the post-World War II consensus on providing social welfare, France provides an intriguing context in which to investigate political ideology and system justification. We summarize the results of a large, nationally representative survey of French voters, which revealed that general system justific...
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Research in political science has focused on definitions of populism, platforms of populist parties, and demographic characteristics of those who support populist parties. Yet little is known about the psychological characteristics of populist supporters and how they might differ as a function of left-right ideology. Using a measure of populist att...
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The COVID-19 disease was first identified in Wuhan, China, in December 2019, having since spread rapidly across the world. The infection and mortality rates of the disease have forced governments to implement a wave of public health measures. Depending on the context, these range from the implementation of simple hygienic rules to measures such as...
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We measured compliance with the COVID-19 public health recommendations and associated them with a number of sociodemographic attributes, personality characteristics, ideological endorsements, levels of public trust, and emotional reactions to the pandemic using a quota-controlled nationwide French survey sample. Our findings show that older people...
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A large stream of research has shown that emotional reactions have a powerful impact on political choices and decision‐making processes. Yet little is known about individual‐level differences in experiencing specific emotions in the light of threatening events. In this article, we argue that system justification, or the endorsement and bolstering o...
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Affective intelligence theory offers a novel and systematic treatment on the impact of af­ fective reactions on citizens' information processes and political decisions based on neu­ roscience. Individuals have two distinct emotional systems that lead to two separate deci­ sion-making strategies. On the one hand, the disposition system, governed by...
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We are grateful to John Jost for carefully engaging with our work and presenting a different interpretation of our findings on the effects of fear and anger stemming from the November 13, 2015, Paris attacks on the propensity to vote for the far right. Jost advances a model that holds that anger mediates the effect of fear on support for the far ri...
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This article aims at advancing knowledge over the association of personality with political orientations by examining the extent to which local socioeconomic disadvantage conditions the link between the Big Five dimensions and economic conservatism. To this end, using the geographic ID codes of respondents’ place of residence, I match a large N sur...
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Comment rendre compte de l’instabilité électorale au cours de la campagne présidentielle de 2017 ? Cette contribution met en évidence le ressort psychologique individuel lié aux traits de personnalité pour mieux comprendre les raisons qui ont poussé près de 30 % des électeurs à changer de candidat préféré au cours des trois mois précédant le premie...
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After a long period of inattention, began to attract greater scrutiny as a key driver of human behavior in the mid-1980s. One approach that has achieved significant influence in political science is affective intelligence theory (AIT). We deploy AIT here to begin to understand the recent rise in support for right-wing populist leaders around the gl...
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Comment rendre compte de l’instabilité électorale au cours de la campagneprésidentielle de 2017 ? Cette contribution met en évidence le ressort psychologiqueindividuel lié aux traits de personnalité pour mieux comprendre les raisons qui ontpoussé près de 30 % des électeurs à changer de candidat préféré au cours des trois moisprécédant le premier to...
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The impact of terrorist events on attitude formation and change among mass publics has been well established in political research. Still, no individual-level study has examined the impact of terrorist attacks on political participation. This article aims to fill this gap. Drawing on theories of affect, I predict that fear stemming from a terrorist...
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The finding that threat increases levels of authoritarianism has been well established in political research. The questions of individual differences and the psychological mechanism behind this switch, however still remain open as current literature offers two contrasting views. One line of research argues that threat increases authoritarianism amo...
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After a prolonged period of feeble electoral success, the Ecologists Greens (Ecogreens) managed to break into the Greek political landscape by electing one MEP in the 2009 European election. However, that electoral success proved to be quite short-lived, since in the years to follow the Greek Greens faded away. They were divided and faced the threa...
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This article extends the current literature on European far-left parties by investigating the sociodemographic, ideological and attitudinal profile of the French far-left voter in the 2012 Presidential Elections. Particular emphasis is placed on the impact of the economic crisis on the sudden electoral rise of the French far left and factors such a...
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One of the most important implications of the economic crisis in Europe is the withering away of mainstream parties. This is particularly evident in Southern Europe, where the current crisis challenges the stability of party systems that have lasted for decades. This paper aims at exploring an aspect of economic voting that has not been investigate...
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One of the most important implications of the economic crisis in Europe is the withering away of mainstream parties. This is particularly evident in Southern Europe, where the current crisis challenges the stability of party systems that have lasted for decades. This article aims at exploring an aspect of economic voting that has not been investiga...
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We present the initial set of findings from a pilot experiment that used an Internet-based end-to-end verifiable evoting system and was held during the European Elections 2014 in Athens, Greece. During the experiment, which took place on May 25th 2014, 747 people voted with our system in special voting stations that were placed outside two main pol...
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The finding that threat increases levels of authoritarianism has been well established in political research. The questions of individual differences and the psychological mechanism behind this switch, however still remain open as current literature offers two contrasting views. One line of research argues that threat increases authoritarianism amo...
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Electronic voting for local, regional and national elections and referenda is developing rapidly at a global scale as an efficient and low cost alternative to conventional methods of voting, with a positive impact on the quality of democratic representation. Still, despite the growing international experience, the harmonization of electronic voting...
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Abstract : The theory of affective intelligence is one of the most prominent theories to the understanding of voters’ decision-making processes and the key role that emotions play in shaping democratic politics. Despite extensive interest and discussion on its theoretical foundations and its empirical illustration, tests of the theory of affective...
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Europe-Écologie-Les Verts (EELV) has been part of the French party system for thirty years, running for all presidential and legislative elections since, securing parliamentary representation and being part of coalition government twice, from 1997 to 2002, and since May 2012, following the latest presidential and legislative elections. The recent e...
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The results achieved by the Ecologists-Greens (EG) between 2007 and 2009 represented the strongest ever electoral performance of any Greek ecological party. Was the rapid electoral rise of the Greek Green party a product of growing public concern about the environment after the destructive 2007 forest fires, or the result of a partisan dealignment...
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Σκοπός της μελέτης είναι η ανάλυση του πρόσφατου για τη χώρα μας φαινομένου της αποχής μέσω δύο διακριτών μεθοδολογικών προσεγγίσεων. Στο πρώτο μέρος εστιάζουμε στη συγκριτική ανάλυση των απεχόντων από τις εθνικές εκλογές κατά το διάστημα 2000-2009, εξετάζοντας αν η αυξανόμενη αποχή είναι αποτέλεσμα της μείωσης της εκλογικής συμμετοχής σε συγκεκριμ...

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This project aims at analysing the electoral recompositions occurring in Southern Europe in the last decade
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