With Malice toward Some: How People Make Civil Liberties Judgments / Edition 1

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How do citizens faced with a complex variety of choices decide whether or not to tolerate extremist groups? Relying on several survey-experiments, this text compares the impact on decision making of contemporary information, long-standing predispositions, and enduring values and beliefs.
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"The authors have excelled in providing a framework that effectively synthesizes and gives order to disparate perspectives on tolerance judgments." Public Opinion Quarterly

"...an entirely innovative approach to understanding the dynamics of political intolerance....None who care about public opinion and democracy can afford to ignore this most important book." American Politics

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Table of Contents

List of Figures and Tables
Preface: Political Tolerance and Democratic Life
Pt. I Theoretical Background and Overview 1
1 Political Tolerance and Democratic Practice 3
2 Antecedent Considerations and Contemporary Information 15
3 Thinking and Mood 39
Pt. II Contemporary Information and Political Tolerance Judgments 53
4 Tolerance Judgments and Contemporary Information - The Basic Studies 55
Appendix 4A: The Basic Experiments - Manipulation Checks 84
Pt. III Refining the Model - The Role of Antecedent Considerations as Individual Differences 99
5 Threat and Political Tolerance 101
6 Democratic Values as Standing Decisions and Contemporary Information 114
7 Source Credibility, Political Knowledge, and Malice in Making Tolerance Judgments - The Texas Experiment 133
Appendix 7A: Texas Study - Revised Scenarios 159
8 Individual Differences: The Influence of Personality 160
Pt. IV Implications and Conclusions 179
9 Intensity, Motivations, and Behavioral Intentions 181
10 Human Nature and Political Tolerance 209
Appendix A: Hypothetical Group Scenarios and Manipulations 229
Appendix B: Methodological Approaches and Scales 245
Notes 257
References 269
Index 284
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