A test of the flexible ideology hypothesis: System justification motives interact with ideological cueing to predict political judgments


Journal Article

We hypothesize that the system justification motive increases individuals' susceptibility to ideological priming effects. We tested this hypothesis in a sample of 308 participants in which system justification, accessibility of meritocratic or egalitarian ideology, and judgment of a meritocratic or equal funding system were manipulated. As predicted, when the system justifying motive was activated, participants primed with meritocracy (egalitarianism) judged a meritocratic (equal) funding system as relatively more fair. The same pattern was not found when system justification motives were not activated. Theoretical implications are discussed. © 2013 Elsevier Inc.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Zhu, LL; Kay, AC; Eibach, RP

Published Date

  • July 1, 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 755 - 758

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1096-0465

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-1031

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jesp.2013.03.007

Citation Source

  • Scopus