System justification theory at 25: Evaluating a paradigm shift in psychology and looking towards the future

@article{Osborne2018SystemJT,
  title={System justification theory at 25: Evaluating a paradigm shift in psychology and looking towards the future},
  author={D. Osborne and Nikhil K Sengupta and C. Sibley},
  journal={British Journal of Social Psychology},
  year={2018},
  volume={58},
  pages={340–361}
}
Since first being proposed 25 years ago, system justification theory has become a paradigm-shifting framework for understanding intergroup relations and political psychology. Based on the thesis that people are motivated to defend and bolster the societal status quo, system justification theory helps to explain varied phenomena, including resistance to change, outgroup favouritism, and other instances of false consciousness. This paper summarizes four tenets of the theory including the… Expand

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