Who makes a good citizen? The role of personality
In this paper we explore the link between personality and attitudes towards good citizenship and civic duty. To do so we recruited 371 eligible Canadian voters from a national panel, asking a variety of questions regarding their level of political participation and attitudinal questions regarding the importance of a number of behaviors typically associated with good citizenship (i.e., voting, paying taxes, staying informed, etc.). Importantly, we included two batteries of personality items: the HEXACO, which covers general personality (Honesty-Humility, Emotionality, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Openness to Experience), and the Dark Triad (psychopathy, narcissism, and Machiavellianism). The analysis reveals a consistent and important explanatory role for personality, even after controlling for standard explanatory factors such as age, gender, income, education, political interest, knowledge, efficacy, and placement on the left-right scale. Among other findings, we document a positive relationship between the endorsement of good citizenship and narcissism, and a negative relationship for psychopathy.
|Keywords||Civic duty, Dark Triad, Good citizenship, HEXACO, Political psychology|
|Journal||Personality and Individual Differences|
Pruysers, S, Blais, J, & Chen, P.G. (Phillip G.). (2019). Who makes a good citizen? The role of personality. Personality and Individual Differences, 146, 99–104. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2019.04.007