MacWilliams studies authoritarianism — not actual dictators, but rather a psychological profile of individual voters that is characterized by a desire for order and a fear of outsiders. People who score high in authoritarianism, when they feel threatened, look for strong leaders who promise to take whatever action necessary to protect them from outsiders and prevent the changes they fear.
Monday, 7 March 2016
Authoritarians and Trump
In The rise of American authoritarianism Amanda Taub describes the almost linear correlation between how much someone supports Trump and their level of authoritarianism. One of the experts she interview was PhD student Matthew MacWilliams.