Living in democratic systems may lead the citizens of those countries to be less vigilant of the policies enforced by their governments, with the risk of endorsing anti-democratic measures. Rights violations can indeed occur even in a democratic country. The aim of the present research is to understand whether people tend to be more accepting of repressive police actions when they occur in a country considered democratic than when they are perpetrated in a country considered authoritarian. Results on 363 Italian participants showed that participants were less ready to condemn a violent police intervention when it occurred in a country perceived to be democratic than in one considered to be less so. Moreover, as hypothesized, this paradox is supported more by people with a low value orientation, while people with a high value orientation do not accept intervention in either context. The implication of this research was to show the importance of considering theories that focus on the legitimacy of the authority's demands. Specifically, the political orientation theory emphasizes the importance of monitoring the policies issued even by established democracies to protect from their possible degeneration into autocracies.

Countering anti-democratic policies in democracies : the importance of value-oriented citizenship / Passini S.. - In: ANALYSES OF SOCIAL ISSUES AND PUBLIC POLICY. - ISSN 1529-7489. - STAMPA. - 23:3(2023), pp. 639-651. [10.1111/asap.12365]

Countering anti-democratic policies in democracies : the importance of value-oriented citizenship

Passini S.
2023

Abstract

Living in democratic systems may lead the citizens of those countries to be less vigilant of the policies enforced by their governments, with the risk of endorsing anti-democratic measures. Rights violations can indeed occur even in a democratic country. The aim of the present research is to understand whether people tend to be more accepting of repressive police actions when they occur in a country considered democratic than when they are perpetrated in a country considered authoritarian. Results on 363 Italian participants showed that participants were less ready to condemn a violent police intervention when it occurred in a country perceived to be democratic than in one considered to be less so. Moreover, as hypothesized, this paradox is supported more by people with a low value orientation, while people with a high value orientation do not accept intervention in either context. The implication of this research was to show the importance of considering theories that focus on the legitimacy of the authority's demands. Specifically, the political orientation theory emphasizes the importance of monitoring the policies issued even by established democracies to protect from their possible degeneration into autocracies.
2023
Countering anti-democratic policies in democracies : the importance of value-oriented citizenship / Passini S.. - In: ANALYSES OF SOCIAL ISSUES AND PUBLIC POLICY. - ISSN 1529-7489. - STAMPA. - 23:3(2023), pp. 639-651. [10.1111/asap.12365]
Passini S.
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