The Ideological-Conflict Hypothesis: Intolerance Among Both Liberals and Conservatives

19 Pages Posted: 28 Feb 2013 Last revised: 6 Jun 2013

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Mark Brandt

Tilburg University

Christine Reyna

DePaul University

John R. Chambers

St. Louis University

Jarret Crawford

The College of New Jersey

Geoffrey Wetherell

DePaul University

Date Written: February 26, 2013

Abstract

Decades of research in social and political psychology have demonstrated that political conservatives appear more intolerant toward a variety of groups than do political liberals. Recent work from three independent labs (Chambers, Schlenker, & Collisson, 2013; Crawford & Pilanski, in press; Wetherell, Brandt, & Reyna, in press) challenges this conventional wisdom by suggesting that the psychological underpinnings of intolerance are not exclusive to people on either end of the political spectrum. These studies demonstrate that liberals and conservatives express similar levels of intolerance towards ideologically-dissimilar and threatening groups. We suggest future research and discuss the psychological and political implications of our conclusions.

Keywords: ideology, intolerance, prejudice, political psychology

Suggested Citation

Brandt, Mark and Reyna, Christine and Chambers, John R. and Crawford, Jarret and Wetherell, Geoffrey, The Ideological-Conflict Hypothesis: Intolerance Among Both Liberals and Conservatives (February 26, 2013). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2225989 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2225989

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Christine Reyna

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John R. Chambers

St. Louis University ( email )

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Jarret Crawford

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Geoffrey Wetherell

DePaul University ( email )

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