Genetic and Environmental Transmission of Political Orientations

Carolyn L. Funk, Kevin B. Smith, John R. Alford, Matthew V. Hibbing, Nicholas R. Eaton, Robert F. Krueger, Lindon J. Eaves, John R Hibbing

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Abstract

This article reports results from the first twin study of adults in the United States that focuses exclusively and comprehensively on political traits. These data allow us to test whether a common set of genetic and environmental influences act upon a broad variety of values, personality traits, and political attitudes. In short, it allows us to empirically investigate whether there are a core set of predispositions that form the basis of our political orientations and, if so, whether these predispositions are shaped by the same environmental and innate forces. The key finding from our analysis is that there are core political predispositions that are rooted in common genetic and environmental influences and that these predispositions are empirically distinct from broader personality traits.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)805-819
Number of pages15
JournalPolitical Psychology
Volume34
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

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Keywords

  • Authoritarianism
  • Egalitarianism
  • Genetics
  • Ideology
  • Twin study
  • Values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Political Science and International Relations

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Funk, C. L., Smith, K. B., Alford, J. R., Hibbing, M. V., Eaton, N. R., Krueger, R. F., ... Hibbing, J. R. (2013). Genetic and Environmental Transmission of Political Orientations. Political Psychology, 34(6), 805-819. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9221.2012.00915.x

Genetic and Environmental Transmission of Political Orientations. / Funk, Carolyn L.; Smith, Kevin B.; Alford, John R.; Hibbing, Matthew V.; Eaton, Nicholas R.; Krueger, Robert F.; Eaves, Lindon J.; Hibbing, John R.

In: Political Psychology, Vol. 34, No. 6, 01.12.2013, p. 805-819.

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Funk, CL, Smith, KB, Alford, JR, Hibbing, MV, Eaton, NR, Krueger, RF, Eaves, LJ & Hibbing, JR 2013, 'Genetic and Environmental Transmission of Political Orientations', Political Psychology, vol. 34, no. 6, pp. 805-819. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9221.2012.00915.x
Funk CL, Smith KB, Alford JR, Hibbing MV, Eaton NR, Krueger RF et al. Genetic and Environmental Transmission of Political Orientations. Political Psychology. 2013 Dec 1;34(6):805-819. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9221.2012.00915.x
Funk, Carolyn L. ; Smith, Kevin B. ; Alford, John R. ; Hibbing, Matthew V. ; Eaton, Nicholas R. ; Krueger, Robert F. ; Eaves, Lindon J. ; Hibbing, John R. / Genetic and Environmental Transmission of Political Orientations. In: Political Psychology. 2013 ; Vol. 34, No. 6. pp. 805-819.
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