Uncertainty, Insecurity, and Ideological Defense of the Status Quo: The Extremitizing Role of Political Expertise

Christopher M. Federico, Grace M. Deason

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3 Scopus citations
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationExtremism and the Psychology of Uncertainty
Number of pages17
ISBN (Print)9781444331288
StatePublished - Oct 24 2011


  • Belief, a dangerous world
  • Epistemic motives
  • Groups and society
  • Hierarchical status quo
  • Ideological belief systems
  • Need for cognitive closure
  • Political expertise
  • Political knowledge structures
  • Political sophistication
  • Uncertainty and insecurity

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