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Understanding Libertarian Morality: The Psychological Roots of an Individualist Ideology


Ravi Iyer


University of Southern California

Sena Koleva


University of California, Irvine - School of Social Ecology; New York University; California State University Los Angeles

Jesse Graham


University of Southern California

Peter H. Ditto


University of California, Irvine

Jonathan Haidt


NYU-Stern School of Business

August 20, 2010


Abstract:     
Libertarians are an increasingly vocal ideological group in U.S. politics, yet they are understudied compared to liberals and conservatives. Much of what is known about libertarians is based on the writing of libertarian intellectuals and political leaders, rather than surveying libertarians in the general population. Across three studies, 15 measures, and a large web-based sample (N = 152,239), we sought to understand the morality of selfdescribed libertarians. Based on an intuitionist view of moral judgment, we focused on the underlying affective and cognitive dispositions that accompany this unique worldview. We found that, compared to liberals and conservatives, libertarians show 1) stronger endorsement of individual liberty as their foremost guiding principle and correspondingly weaker endorsement of other moral principles, 2) a relatively cerebral as opposed to emotional intellectual style, and 3) lower interdependence and social relatedness. Our findings add to a growing recognition of the role of psychological predispositions in the organization of political attitudes.

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Keywords: morality, libertarians, political psychology, ideology

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Date posted: August 27, 2010 ; Last revised: October 1, 2012

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Iyer, Ravi and Koleva, Sena and Graham, Jesse and Ditto, Peter H. and Haidt, Jonathan, Understanding Libertarian Morality: The Psychological Roots of an Individualist Ideology (August 20, 2010). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1665934 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1665934

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Ravi Iyer (Contact Author)
University of Southern California ( email )
Spassena Koleva
University of California, Irvine - School of Social Ecology ( email )
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Jesse Graham
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Peter H. Ditto
University of California, Irvine ( email )
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Jonathan Haidt
NYU-Stern School of Business ( email )
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New York, NY NY 10012
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