Partisan Ambivalence and the Contingent Nature of Political Judgment

Howard G. Lavine, Christopher D. Johnston and Marco R. Steenbergen

in The Ambivalent Partisan

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199772759
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979622 | DOI:

Series: Series in Political Psychology

Partisan Ambivalence and the Contingent Nature of Political Judgment

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This chapter reviews the conventional wisdom on good citizenship, and contrasts this perspective with one focusing on incentives and motivation, and on the importance of situational flexibility in political judgment. The chapter situates the book within the larger literature on partisanship, arguing for a perspective that transcends the debate between “traditionalists” and “revisionists” in proposing that partisanship is multifaceted. The chapter also lays out the phenomenon of ambivalent partisanship, and explains how this key variable moderates the nature and quality of political judgment and behavior.

Keywords: ambivalent partisan; political judgment; critical loyalty

Chapter.  9842 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Sociology

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