On Status Quo Bias in Civic Education

  title={On Status Quo Bias in Civic Education},
  author={Ian MacMullen},
  journal={Public Choice: Analysis of Collective Decision-Making eJournal},
  • Ian MacMullen
  • Published 1 July 2011
  • Political Science
  • Public Choice: Analysis of Collective Decision-Making eJournal
Should civic education in a democracy cultivate children’s beliefs in the substantive merits of existing laws and political institutions? Such status quo educational bias can be both a barrier to political progress and a threat to the state’s legitimacy. Against these objections, I aim to show how and when adults’ fallible beliefs about the substantive merits of existing political arrangements constitute compelling reasons for status quo educational bias. And I argue that the values of… 
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