Examining the principles in principled conservatism

The role of responsibility stereotypes as cues for deservingness in racial policy decisions

Christine Reyna, Pj Henry, William Korfmacher, Amanda Tucker

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    Why do educated conservatives oppose affirmative action? Those in the "principled conservatism" camp say opposition is based on principled judgments of fairness about the policies. Others, however, argue that opposition is based on racism. The present article offers an alternative perspective that may reconcile these contradictory points of view. In 2 studies, the authors show 2 major findings: (a) that conservatives oppose affirmative action more for Blacks than for other groups, in this case women, and (b) that the relationship between conservatism and affirmative action attitudes is mediated best by group-based stereotypes that offer deservingness information and not by other potential mediators like old-fashioned racism or the perceived threat that affirmative action poses to oneself. The authors conclude that educated conservatives are indeed principled in their opposition to affirmative action, but those principles are group based not policy based.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)109-128
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
    Volume90
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2006

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    Keywords

    • Affirmative action
    • Attributions and stereotypes
    • Deservingness
    • Principled conservatism
    • Racism/prejudice

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    • Social Psychology
    • Sociology and Political Science

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    Examining the principles in principled conservatism : The role of responsibility stereotypes as cues for deservingness in racial policy decisions. / Reyna, Christine; Henry, Pj; Korfmacher, William; Tucker, Amanda.

    In: Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Vol. 90, No. 1, 01.01.2006, p. 109-128.

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