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Are Americans Ambivalent Towards Racial Policies?

Alvarez, R. Michael and Brehm, John (1995) Are Americans Ambivalent Towards Racial Policies? Social Science Working Paper, 935. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA.

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Few debates, political or academic, are as conflictual as those over racial policy. In this paper, we explore the possibility that individual attitudes are internally conflictual through the use of inferential statistical techniques that estimate variability in individual respondents' considerations about racial policy. We consider six separate core beliefs potentially relevant towards racial policy choice (modern racism, anti-black stereotyping, authoritarianism, individualism, and anti-semitism), for four different policy choices. We evaluate two separate models for the source of individual variance: conflicting values and direct effects of values. Our analysis leads us to conclude that modern racism trumps rival explanatory variables in explanations of racial policy choice, and that variability in attitudes toward racial policy is due to uncertainty, and not to ambivalence.

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Additional Information:Published as Alvarez, R. Michael, and John Brehm. "Are Americans ambivalent towards racial policies?." American journal of political science (1997): 345-374.
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Subject Keywords:Presented at the 53nd Annual Meeting of the Midwest Political Science Association, April 6-8, 1995, Chicago, IL. We appreciate the comments of Lynn Sanders, Paul Sniderman, Laura Stoker, and the Duke-UNC Political Psychology Group. We thank Paul Sniderman, Philip E. Tetlock and Thomas Piazza for use of their 1991 Race and Politics Survey. Alvarez thanks the John M. Olin Foundation for support of his research.
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