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With Malice Toward Some A2
How People Make Civil Liberties Judgments
by George E Marcus John L. Sullivan Elizabeth Theiss-Morse Sandra L. Wood James H. Kuklinski Dennis Chong

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With Malice Toward Some A2
How People Make Civil Liberties Judgments
by Author Name George E Marcus, John L. Sullivan, Elizabeth Theiss-Morse, Sandra L. Wood, James H. Kuklinski, Dennis Chong

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List Price:28.35
Format: Paperback, 228 x 152 x 18mm, 308pp
Publication date: 29 Sep 1995
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN-13: 9780521439978


With Malice toward Some: How People Make Civil Liberties Judgments addresses an issue integral to democratic societies: how people faced with a complex variety of considerations decide whether or not to tolerate extremist groups. Relying on several survey-experiments, Marcus, Sullivan, Theiss-Morse, and Wood identify and compare the impact on decision making of contemporary information, long-standing predispositions, and enduring values and beliefs. Citizens react most strongly to information about a group's violations of behavioral norms and information about the implications for democracy of the group's actions. The authors conclude that democratic citizens should have a strong baseline of tolerance yet be attentive to and thoughtful about current information.


"The authors have excelled in providing a framework that effectively synthesizes and gives order to disparate perspectives on tolerance judgments." Public Opinion Quarterly " 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


Preface: Political tolerance and democratic life; Part I. Theoretical Background and Overview: 1. Political tolerance and democratic practice; 2. Antecedent considerations and contemporary information; 3. Thinking and mood; Part II. Contemporary Information and Political Tolerance Judgments: 4. Tolerance judgments and contemporary information -The basic studies; Appendix 4A: The basic experiments -manipulation checks; Part III. Refining the Model - The Role of Antecedent Conserations as Individual Differences: 5. Threat and political tolerance; 6. Democratic values as standing decisions and contemporary information; 7. Source credibility, political knowledge and animus in making tolerance judgments - the Texas experiment; 8. Individual differences: The influence of personality; Part IV. Implications and Conclusions: 9. Intensity, motivations, and behavioral intentions; 10. Human nature and political tolerance; Appendices; Bibliography.

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  • Illustrations: 27 b/w illus. 24 tables