This event will connect two distinct research programs in behavioral political economy. The first concerns the effects of “group bias”, in particular political sectarianism. The second explores the use of “exculpatory narratives” to rationalize self-interested behavior in the presence of self- and social-image concerns, one of the best-known examples of which are “moral wiggle room” experiments. Using an online sample of US participants, we’ll explore how partisan affiliation, image and moral wiggle room interact, and discuss some possible implications, including the 2024 Presidential election.
This event is a part of a research series on the characteristics of the US role in global politics organized by the Center on US Politics and Power at FIIA.
Peter Hans Matthews, Fulbright-Aalto Distinguished Chair (2023/4), Aalto University
Charly Salonius-Pasternak, Leading Researcher, FIIA