Evaluative Motivation , and the Structure of Citizens ’ Ideological Commitments

  title={Evaluative Motivation , and the Structure of Citizens ’ Ideological Commitments},
  author={Christopher M. Federico},
Political psychologists have typically argued that ideological commitments are structured in a bipolar fashion, where a positive evaluation of conservative objects implies a negative evaluation of liberal objects (and vice versa). Individual differences in conformity to this pattern are usually attributed to an ability-related variable, i.e., political expertise. Departing from this strict focus on ability, this study examines the hypotheses that an important motivational variable—the need to… CONTINUE READING

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