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What Does it Take to Reduce Racial Prejudice in Individual-Level Candidate Evaluations? A Formal Theoretic Perspective*

Lupia, Arthur et al.

Political science research and methods -- Cambridge University Press -- Volume: 3 1; (pages 1-20) -- 2015

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  • Title:
    What Does it Take to Reduce Racial Prejudice in Individual-Level Candidate Evaluations? A Formal Theoretic Perspective*
  • Author: Lupia, Arthur;
    Casey, Logan S.;
    Karl, Kristyn L.;
    Piston, Spencer;
    Ryan, Timothy J.;
    Skovron, Christopher
  • Found In: Political science research and methods. Volume 3:Issue 1(2015); 2015; 1-20
  • Journal Title: Political science research and methods
  • Subjects: Political science; LCSH: Political science; Dewey: 320
  • Rights: legaldeposit
  • Publication Details: Cambridge University Press
  • Abstract: <x>Abstract</x>

    Anti-black prejudice affects how some citizens evaluate black candidates. What does it take to reduce the role of prejudice in these evaluations? Using logical implications of relevant psychological phenomena, this article shows that repeated exposure to counter-stereotypical information is insufficient to reduce evaluative prejudice. Instead, citizens must associate this prejudice withadverse effectsfor themselves in contexts that induce them to rethink their existing racial beliefs. These findings explain important disagreements in empirical prejudice research, as only some empirical research designs supply the conditions for prejudice reduction predicted here. This study also clarifies why similarly situated citizens react so differently to counter-stereotypical information. In sum, we find that prejudice change is possible, but in a far narrower set of circumstances than many scholars claim.


  • Identifier: Journal ISSN: 2049-8470
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Physical Description: Electronic
  • Shelfmark(s): ELD Digital store
  • UIN: ETOCvdc_100040690238.0x000001

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