Power and the perception of the future

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Knud S. Larsen
Cite this article:  Larsen, K. (1973). Power and the perception of the future. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 1(2), 158-160.


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In this paper the results are presented of a 6-nation massive survey in which the relationship between assessments of social power and peace agreement, pessimism-optimism, and expectations of conflict in the future were investigated. Over 10,000 individuals between the ages of 15 and 40, in both east and west European countries, responded to interviews lasting 2 hours. The results of the analysis carried out show: (1) low social power is related to peace agreement; (2) participants low in social power tend to be pessimistic about the future; and (3) participants low in social power tend to expect more conflict between potential conflict groups.
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