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The roots of intolerance and opposition to compromise: The effects of absolutism on political attitudes

Abstract : Compromise and tolerance are often considered to be virtues, especially in the realm of democratic politics. Without them, it would be difficult for democratic institutions to fulfill their intended purpose: resolving disputes peacefully. Yet many controversial political issues reduce to moral imperatives that engender strong, uncompromising opinions. There is a tendency to conceptualize moralizing as an aspect of issues, but considerable evidence suggests that the tendency to think about the world in absolutist terms is also a psychological predisposition. In this project, I seek to elaborate the correlates and consequences of individual differences in absolutism. A suite of observational analyses and an experimental test conforms that there is a great deal of variance in ethical predispositions across individuals and that these differences matter politically. Absolutists are more likely to adopt extreme opinions, display intolerance toward political disagreement, and punish politicians who make compromises.
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Kevin Arceneaux. The roots of intolerance and opposition to compromise: The effects of absolutism on political attitudes. Personality and Individual Differences, Elsevier, 2019, 151, pp.109498. ⟨10.1016/j.paid.2019.07.008⟩. ⟨hal-03634104⟩

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