Ideology: Its Resurgence in Social, Personality, and Political Psychology

  title={Ideology: Its Resurgence in Social, Personality, and Political Psychology},
  author={John T. Jost and Brian A. Nosek and Samuel D. Gosling},
  journal={Perspectives on Psychological Science},
  pages={126 - 136}
We trace the rise, fall, and resurgence of political ideology as a topic of research in social, personality, and political psychology. For over 200 years, political belief systems have been classified usefully according to a single left—right (or liberal-conservative) dimension that, we believe, possesses two core aspects: (a) advocating versus resisting social change and (b) rejecting versus accepting inequality. There have been many skeptics of the notion that most people are ideologically… 

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