Portions of this research were presented at the 1993 annual meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology and the 1992 meeting of the Society for the Advancement of Socioeconomic by Felicia Pratto and the 1994 annual meeting of the American Psychological Association by Lisa Stallworth.
Social Dominance Orientation and the Ideological Legitimization of Social Policy1
Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
Journal of Applied Social Psychology
Volume 28, Issue 20, pages 1853–1875, October 1998
How to Cite
Pratto, F., Stallworth, L. M. and Conway-Lanz, S. (1998), Social Dominance Orientation and the Ideological Legitimization of Social Policy. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 28: 1853–1875. doi: 10.1111/j.1559-1816.1998.tb01349.x
- Issue online: 31 JUL 2006
- Version of Record online: 31 JUL 2006
Much of politics is involved with the distribution of resources and the regulation of intergroup relations. Social dominance theory posits that social ideologies provide social justification for policies that have unequal effects on different social groups. In the present studies, we examine the mediating role that ideologies have in transforming people's general orientation toward group inequality into policy support. Using data from 5 samples, we offer evidence that social dominance orientation orients people to support discriminatory ideologies, which in turn influence support for policies. Support for the theoretical model was shown in studies of both long-standing social policy attitudes, such as toward social welfare and military programs, and of unfolding political events, including Clarence Thomas' nomination to the Supreme Court, the Persian Gulf War, and reinstitution of the death penalty in California.