Kisielinska, M. (2022). Moral Foundations of Globalization: How Values Shape Attitudes Towards a Global World. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.14418/wes01.1.2621
Despite being a well-studied phenomenon, public opinion on globalization remains mischaracterized due to the disproportionate attention paid to economic factors in research of its origins. This thesis demonstrates the value behind studying individual level psychology as a means of understanding the attitudes the public holds. It is not economic factors but rather psychology that predicts the public’s outlook on policy. I filed two survey experiments to investigate the relationship between moral foundations theory and attitudes towards immigration, trade, nationalism, COVID-19 pandemic, and US sanctions against Russia because of its invasion of Ukraine. I find that harm, authority, and fairness are significant predictors of globalization attitudes regarding trade, immigration, the COVID-19 pandemic, and views on sanctions. While in-group, purity, authority, and harm form a micro-foundation of nationalism sentiment.