Title

Social identity and moral judgement: The impact of political affiliation on the evaluation of government policy

Date of this Version

1-1-2010

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Details

Citation only.

Abel, L. & Hornsey, M. (2010). Social identity and moral judgement: The impact of political affiliation on the evaluation of government policy. In R. E. Hicks (Ed.), Personality and individual differences: Current directions (pp. 113-122). Bowen Hills, Qld: Australian Academic Press.

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2010 HERDC submission. FoR Code: 170100

© Copyright Lisa Abel & Matthew Hornsey, 2010

ISBN

978-1-9215-1366-4

Abstract

This chapter explores issues of social identity and moral judgement. Of specific interest was the extent to which participants' political identity would influence their moral judgement of government policy. Participants with strong political affiliation were selected and policy scenarios presented included policies identified as associated with the afiliated party. The results suggest individuals' political affiliation does make a partial contribution to the way in which they evaluate reference group information in terms of its moral soundness. However, factors above and beyond social group affiliation also appear to inform and direct the moral evaluations individual group members make, even when those evaluations are directly concerned with the behaviour of one's social group.

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