MORALITY AS THE ENDURING BASIS OF PUBLIC OPINION

Pazit Ben Nun Bloom*

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Abstract

This chapter shows the immense progress made in the last decade in the study of morality in public opinion and discusses some of the complexities of the morality-politics nexus. It starts by reviewing the plethora of theoretical definitions for morality in politics, and then probes how morality might serve as the basis of public opinion by examining how it translates into political attitudes. Next, the chapter reviews the main findings in this burgeoning literature. It describes the links between moral attitudes and ideology and, in particular, possible ideological asymmetry in moral thinking, and moves to review the role of morality as a source of elite rhetoric, a vehicle for political activism, a driver of extremism and polarization, and a key dimension in voter evaluations of politicians. This is followed by a discussion of measurement, and finally concludes with thoughts about the future of the field.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Political Psychology, Third Edition
PublisherOxford University Press
Pages649-693
Number of pages45
ISBN (Electronic)9780197541333
ISBN (Print)9780197541302
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2023

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Keywords

  • attitudes
  • elite rhetoric
  • ideology
  • intolerance
  • measuring morality
  • moral judgement
  • morality
  • participation

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