Do conservatives tend to avoid deliberation?

Written on:May 29, 2014
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When Marina Lindel invited to a deliberation participents with pro and anti-immigration attitudes, she found out that anti-immigrationsits tended come less to the experiment (Lindell, 2014, p. 7).

Jost et al, had found that conservatives (in Lindell’s experiment, they are the anti-immigrationists), have higher need for mind closure (Jost, Glaser, Kruglanski, & Sulloway, 2003), and therefore, I speculate that they may less enjoy deliberation, which naturaly open more options to solutions, and creates more obscurness.

Also, when I had talked with conservatives after deliberative events, they often described it as a nightmare, whereas liberals tended to describe it as enjoying.

Does deliberation is more suited for liberals then to conservatives? How can we overcome this bias, if such exists?

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1) Lindell, M. (2014). What Drives the Polarization and Moderation of Opinions? Evidence from a Finnish Citizen Experiment on Immigration. In ECPR Joint Sessions of Workshops 2014, workshop “Systematising Comparison of Democratic Innovations: Advanced Explanations of the Emergence, Sustenance and Failure of Participatory Institutions”,.

2) Jost, J., Glaser, J., Kruglanski, A., & Sulloway, F. J. (2003). Political Conservatism as Motivated Social Cognition. Psychological Bulletin, 129(3), 339–375.