Candidate authenticity: 'To thine own self be true'

Stiers, Dieter, Larner, Jac, Kenny, John, Breitenstein, Sofia, Vallée-Dubois, Florence and Lewis-Beck, Michael (2021) Candidate authenticity: 'To thine own self be true'. Political Behavior, 43 (3). 1181–1204. ISSN 0190-9320

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Abstract

In recent electoral contests, political observers and media outlets increasingly report on the level of “authenticity” of political candidates. However, even though this term has become commonplace in political commentary, it has received little attention in empirical electoral research. In this study, we identify the characteristics that we argue make a politician “authentic”. After theoretically discussing the different dimensions of this trait, we propose a survey battery aimed at measuring perceptions of the authenticity of political candidates. Testing our measure using data sets from different countries, we show that the answers to our items load on one latent concept that we call “authenticity”. Furthermore, perceptions of candidate authenticity correlate strongly with evaluations of political parties and leaders, and with vote intention, while they are empirically distinguishable from other traits. We conclude that candidate authenticity is an important trait that should be taken into account by future research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: authenticity,candidate traits,political candidates,elections,sociology and political science ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3312
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Science > School of Environmental Sciences
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2021 01:51
Last Modified: 16 Sep 2021 11:13
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/80669
DOI: 10.1007/s11109-019-09589-y

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