In 2007, the two most important Italian left-wing parties merged into a single political entity.This study intends to analyze the merging process. Specifically, and in line with the ingroup projection hypothesis (Mummendey & Wenzel, 1999), we have explored whether the identification and the favouritism toward the upcoming common group was affected by the perceivers’ projection of specific and common stereotypical traits from the subordinate groups to the superordinate one. Political militants’ (N =132) levels of ingroup identification, their representations of the previous ingroup, outgroup and of the new party, their attitudes towards the common group were assessed. Results confirmed that the cognitive representation of the merged party was shaped much more on the basis of the typical traits of the ingroup than of the outgroup. Moreover, Structural Equation Analyses showed that the identification with the superordinate category and the consequent favouritism toward the merger were related to the projection of ingroup attributes. The findings also suggested that the ingroup projection may be particularly crucial when the intergroup bias is high. Finally, political implications are discussed in terms of obstacles and resources inherent to the merging process.

Sacchi, S., Carnaghi, A., Castellini, F., Colombo, M. (2013). Group Merger between Political Parties: the Role of the Ingroup Projection Process. POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 34(1), 91-105 [10.1111/j.1467-9221.2012.00921.x].

Group Merger between Political Parties: the Role of the Ingroup Projection Process

SACCHI, SIMONA;CASTELLINI, FEDERICA;COLOMBO, MONICA GIANCARLA ROBERTA
2013

Abstract

In 2007, the two most important Italian left-wing parties merged into a single political entity.This study intends to analyze the merging process. Specifically, and in line with the ingroup projection hypothesis (Mummendey & Wenzel, 1999), we have explored whether the identification and the favouritism toward the upcoming common group was affected by the perceivers’ projection of specific and common stereotypical traits from the subordinate groups to the superordinate one. Political militants’ (N =132) levels of ingroup identification, their representations of the previous ingroup, outgroup and of the new party, their attitudes towards the common group were assessed. Results confirmed that the cognitive representation of the merged party was shaped much more on the basis of the typical traits of the ingroup than of the outgroup. Moreover, Structural Equation Analyses showed that the identification with the superordinate category and the consequent favouritism toward the merger were related to the projection of ingroup attributes. The findings also suggested that the ingroup projection may be particularly crucial when the intergroup bias is high. Finally, political implications are discussed in terms of obstacles and resources inherent to the merging process.
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merging, ingroup projection, intergroup relations, common and specific traits
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Sacchi, S., Carnaghi, A., Castellini, F., Colombo, M. (2013). Group Merger between Political Parties: the Role of the Ingroup Projection Process. POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY, 34(1), 91-105 [10.1111/j.1467-9221.2012.00921.x].
Sacchi, S; Carnaghi, A; Castellini, F; Colombo, M
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