When and why does political trust predict well-being in authoritarian contexts? Examining the role of political efficacy and collective action among opposition voters

Yasemin Gülsüm Acar (Lead / Corresponding author), Özden Melis Uluğ

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Abstract

Previous research indicates that trust in the political system increases well-being. Drawing from prior collective action research, we posit that a) the relationship between political trust and well-being would be mediated by collective action participation (mediation hypothesis) and b) political efficacy would moderate the indirect effect of political trust on well-being through collective action participation (moderated mediation hypothesis). In two studies (N = 704), we tested these relationships among opposition voters in Turkey before two highly contested elections. The findings of Study 1 showed a significant indirect effect of political trust on well-being through collective action participation and supported our mediation hypothesis. However, unlike democratic contexts, the relationship between collective action and well-being was negative. In addition, we did not find support for our moderated mediation hypothesis. In Study 2, we used more nuanced measures of political efficacy (voting efficacy and online/offline protest efficacy) and collective action (both offline and online collective action). In addition to replicating the findings of Study 1 with respect to the mediatory role of collective action participation (but only for online collective action participation), Study 2 again did not support our moderated mediation hypotheses with respect to the four moderators. Results highlight the importance of online and offline collective action among ideologically marginalized people with low trust in the political system in maintaining well-being.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)861-881
Number of pages21
JournalBritish Journal of Social Psychology
Volume61
Issue number3
Early online date1 Nov 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2022

Keywords

  • collective action
  • political efficacy
  • political trust
  • Turkey
  • well-being

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