Political Behavior

, Volume 15, Issue 1, pp 49-60

Is group memebership a prerequisite for group identification?

  • Jeffrey W. KochAffiliated withDepartment of Political Science, State University of New York

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The purpose of this research is to examine the theoretical considerations and empirical evidence for the operationalization of an important concept. I attempt to determine if group membership is a necessary condition for group identification and discuss the role of group identifications for translating political interests into political preferences.