Organization profile

Organization profile

The project examines the political and psychological factors that impede the political will to act to foster just and equitable communities. In particular, survey and experimental research methods will be used to examine what beliefs among the public, particularly beliefs in misinformation and conspiracy theories, lead to decreased support for policies to combat inequities, focusing on the domains of health, education, income, and criminal justice. The key premise of this work is that misinformation and conspiracy theories (about inequality in general and the specific domain in particular) can lead to polarization and mistrust, as well as a policy discourse that emphasizes group separation at the expense of discourse about community-building. Together, these factors can decrease the political will to advocate for policies aimed at combating inequalities—among members of the public and policymakers alike. The project will move on to examine ways to mitigate the negative effects of misinformation.

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threat Social Sciences
experiment Social Sciences
interest group policy Social Sciences
citizen Social Sciences
Public Opinion Medicine & Life Sciences
interest group Social Sciences
president Social Sciences
Lobbying Medicine & Life Sciences

Projects 2017 2019

Grand Challenges Research Awards: Phase 1


Project: Grand Challenges

Research Output 2004 2004

65 Citations (Scopus)

Theoretical and empirical implications of attitude strength

Miller, J. M. & Peterson, D. A. M., Aug 1 2004, In : Journal of Politics. 66, 3, p. 847-867 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

political scientist
social psychology
information processing
89 Citations (Scopus)

Threat as a motivator of political activism: A field experiment

Miller, J. M. & Krosnick, J. A., Aug 1 2004, In : Political Psychology. 25, 4, p. 507-523 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

interest group policy
Public Opinion