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The Securitarian Personality: What Really Motivates Trump's Base and Why It Matters for the Post-Trump Era

John R. Hibbing

Abstract

This book identifies the core motivations of Donald Trump’s strongest supporters. Previous research suggests that Trump’s followers are authoritarians or even fascists—individuals who are comfortable only when a powerful person is controlling their lives and providing direction and certainty in the process. This book advances and empirically supports the thesis that what Trump’s base craves is not authority but rather a specific form of security. The disposition of Trump’s strongest supporters leads them to strive for security in the face of threats from members of out-groups, and they define ... More

Keywords: Trump base, Trump opponents, authoritarians, fascists, in-group/out-group, Brexit

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190096489
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190096489.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John R. Hibbing, author
Foundation Regents Professor of Political Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln