In order to study the relationship between corruption perceptions and political engagement, and the variables that mediate this relationship we carried out a survey in 12 countries (N = 3154). That is, this survey included questions related to corruption perceptions and political engagement, but also items referred to intergroup relations that might mediat the relation between these two factors.
Preliminary results show that corruption perceptions predict how individuals perceive intergroup power relations. Specifically, corruption perceptions are related to the perception that other groups are unfairly advantaged and the perception that differences between groups are stable, which predict political engagement. Further, corruption perceptions negatively predict the belief that the political system operates fairly, which in turn, predict political engagement. In sum, this work shed light on the process by which corruption perceptions affect the willingness to politically engage.
(1) Patricio Saavedra (Universidad de Sussex)
(2) Felicia Pratto and Fouad Bouzeineddine (Universidad de Connecticut).