My PhD work aimed to assess intergenerational transmission and life-course change of attitudes towards authority. Intergenerational transmission is hypothesised as the mechanism through which parentsÃ¢ÂÂ authoritarian attitudes affect their childrenÃ¢ÂÂs attitudes towards authority in adulthood. In the assessment of this transmission mechanism, this analysis accounts for individual-level theoretically relevant factors such as gender, education, social class, offspringÃ¢ÂÂs cognitive ability in childhood, as well as family background, in a longitudinal, single-cohort perspective. The research used the British Cohort Study 1970 (BCS70), which allows for the analysis of change at both the intra- and inter-individual levels. The sweeps analysed are those in years 1975 for the parents, and 1980, 1996, 2000 and 2012 for the cohort members. The analytical chapters of the thesis are made of three papers: The first assessed change (or stability) in attitudes to authority in the BCS70 from 1996 to 2012; the second looked at how parental authoritarian worldviews affect their childrenÃ¢ÂÂs attitudes towards authority when the children are adults; finally, the third paper aimed to evaluate the effect of parental attitudes on cohort membersÃ¢ÂÂ attitudes towards authority in adulthood, after controlling for the latterÃ¢ÂÂs cognitive ability in childhood. I found that attitudes had a reasonably high level of stability across the life course. Despite moderately strong correlations across attitudes within waves, the different attitudes showed different patterns of longitudinal evolution, suggesting different causal influences. The evidence for direct transmission of attitudes from parents to children was surprisingly weak; the social statuses of the parents and cohort members, and especially the membersÃ¢ÂÂ childhood cognitive ability, were the strongest predictors of authoritarian attitudes in adulthood.