Across four survey studies conducted in different social and political contexts, this study found that collective continuity was linked to a greater wish for a strong leader. This suggests that strong leaders may be perceived as agents of continuity that provide groups with a reassurance that their national identity will be preserved across time.

Project members

Dr Hema Preya Selvanathan

Dr Hema Preya Selvanathan

Research Fellow, SIGN Deputy Director
The University of Queensland
Dr Charlie Crimston

Dr Charlie Crimston

Research Fellow
The University of Queensland

Professor Jolanda Jetten

SIGN Director, SIGNify Co-Director
Professor of Social Psychology
The University of Queensland