2015 Heritage Dissertation Award Recipient|
The Relational Underpinnings of Why Liberals Challenge and Conservatives Support the Status Quo
My dissertation examines how basic relational motivations can be a guiding force behind the tendency of liberals and conservatives to adopt attitudes that challenge or bolster the status quo, respectively. Specifically, this project examines how undermining conservatives’ desire to “share reality” and liberals’ desire to feel unique shapes the political attitudes that they espouse.
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