Inclusion reduces political prejudice.

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Date: July 2021
Publisher: Elsevier B.V.
Document Type: Report; Brief article
Length: 249 words

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Keywords Political polarization; Inclusion; Prejudice; Political ideology; Fairness Abstract Political inclusion is when someone receives a fair chance to voice one's opinions in a discussion of political topics with political outgroup members. In three preregistered studies (total n = 799), we test if political inclusion reduces or increases prejudice toward the political outgroup using either an imagined scenario (Study 1) or an experience in an ostensible online political discussion (Studies 2 & 3). Across all studies, participants who were politically included by political outgroup members reported reduced prejudice toward their political outgroup compared to participants in a neutral control condition (Cohen's ds ranging from -0.50 to -0.27). Study 3 showed that this effect extends to non-political inclusion. The effects of political and non-political inclusion were mediated by perceptions of the political outgroup as fairer and less dissimilar in their worldviews. Our results indicate that inclusive political and non-political discussions reduce political prejudice. Author Affiliation: (a) Department of Sociology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA (b) Department of Social Psychology, Tilburg University, Tilburg, the Netherlands (c) Department of Psychology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA * Corresponding author at: Department of Sociology, Stanford University, 450 Serra Mall, Bldg. 120, Stanford, CA 94305, USA. Article History: Received 12 August 2020; Revised 26 January 2021; Accepted 10 April 2021 (miscellaneous) Editor name: Lasana Harris (footnote)[white star] This paper has been recommended for acceptance by Dr Lasana Harris. Byline: Jan G. Voelkel [jvoelkel@stanford.edu] (a,*), Dongning Ren [d.ren@uvt.nl] (b), Mark J. Brandt [brandt15@msu.edu] (c)

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Gale Document Number: GALE|A664491200