Vorl. Arbeitstitel: Nationalism and patriotism - two constructs on the empirical test bench
Untertitel: Developing and validating new measurement instruments for national attitudes
In empirical scholarship, measurement scales for both nationalism and patriotism developed by Blank and Schmidt in Germany are broadly established. Despite their widespread usage, they are marked by several empirical shortcomings. In particular, concerns over the pride-item-batteries the scales are built on have been voiced. Pride, so the tenor of criticism, is a highly ambiguous and therefore problematic concept when measuring national attitudes. However, systematically developing and testing new indicators – at least for the case of Germany – has received considerably little attention in previous scholarship. The merit of this dissertation lies in filling this gap by thoroughly developing and validating new measurement instruments for both patriotism and nationalism. In contrast to the prevailing research tradition, these measures do not adhere to the contested pride-item-concept. The dissertation thus provides a new approach that better reflects these national attitudes currently dominating the political landscape in Germany but also other Western countries. In times of rising nationalism, this work is not only of academic, but also of high social relevance.