Appeasement: Pro-Hierarchy Dominant Group Members’ Strategic Support for Affirmative Action

46 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2012

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Rosalind Chow

Carnegie Mellon University - David A. Tepper School of Business

Brian S. Lowery

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Caitlin M. Hogan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 15, 2012

Abstract

This paper explores the possibility that dominant group members engage in the tactic of appeasement in order to protect their group position. In four studies, we find that pro-hierarchy Whites perceive more intergroup threat when they believe ethnic minorities hold Whites in low regard, pro-hierarchy Whites respond to ethnic minorities’ low regard for Whites by increasing their support for redistributive policies (e.g. affirmative action), and the increase in support only occurs when pro-hierarchy Whites perceive the hierarchy to be unstable. These results suggest that pro-hierarchy dominant group members’ support for redistributive policies can stem from a concern about maintaining the hierarchical status quo, and provides evidence that support for redistributive policies can be a hierarchy-enhancing strategy.

Keywords: hierarchy maintenance, affirmative action, subordinate group regard, social dominance orientation

Suggested Citation

Chow, Rosalind and Lowery, Brian S. and Hogan, Caitlin M., Appeasement: Pro-Hierarchy Dominant Group Members’ Strategic Support for Affirmative Action (June 15, 2012). Intl. Association for Conflict Management, IACM 25th Annual Conference, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2084709 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2084709

Rosalind Chow (Contact Author)

Carnegie Mellon University - David A. Tepper School of Business ( email )

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Brian S. Lowery

Stanford Graduate School of Business ( email )

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United States

Caitlin M. Hogan

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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