Economic Downturns and Hardline Public Opinion

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)309-324
Journal / PublicationSocial Science Quarterly
Volume101
Issue number1
Online published27 Aug 2019
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2020

Abstract

Objective: With an aim of extending the scope of group threat theory from within-country tensions between racial groups to international economic competition, this study specifically examined the impacts of perceived relative economic status of an in-group country on attitudes about contentious political issues with a rival out-group country. Methods: Two survey experiments were administered, both of which manipulated Japanese participants’ perceptions of the relative economic powers of Japan and South Korea. Results: When Japanese perceive that their country's economic power is declining relative to South Korea's economy, they demonstrate more hardline attitudes about territorial and historical issues between the two countries. Conclusion: This study demonstrates the applicability of group threat theory to bilateral international relations. It also suggests that public opinion about international conflicts is a function of the long-term rebalancing of economic power, which cannot be easily influenced by short-term policies.

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Economic Downturns and Hardline Public Opinion. / Kobayashi, Tetsuro; Madrid-Morales, Dani; Asaba, Yuki; Tago, Atsushi.

In: Social Science Quarterly, Vol. 101, No. 1, 01.2020, p. 309-324.

Research output: Journal Publications and Reviews (RGC: 21, 22, 62)21_Publication in refereed journalpeer-review