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Group differences in broadness of values may drive dynamics of public opinion on moral issues
Stockholm University, Sweden; Malardalen University, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, The Institute for Analytical Sociology, IAS. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Stockholm University, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Mathematical Social Sciences, ISSN 0165-4896, E-ISSN 1879-3118, Vol. 77Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Here we propose the idea that the success of an argument in favor of an issue position should depend on whether the argument resonates with the audiences values. Now consider two groups, one of which has a broader set of values than the other. We develop a mathematical model to investigate how this difference in broadness of values may drive a change on the population level towards positions in line with the more narrow set of values. The model is motivated by the empirical finding that conservative morality rests equally on moral foundations that are individualizing (harm and fairness) and binding (purity, authority, and ingroup), whereas liberal morality relies mainly on the individualizing moral foundations. The model then predicts that, under certain conditions, the whole population will tend to move towards positions on moral issues (e.g., same-sex marriage) that are supported by individualizing moral foundations. (C) 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-121907DOI: 10.1016/j.mathsocsci.2015.06.004ISI: 000361250900001OAI: diva2:860737

Funding Agencies|Swedish Research Council [2009-2390, 2009-2678]

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