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The Politics of Loyalty

In a properly functioning democracy, what is supposed to come first: beliefs about what kinds of government policies would be best for oneself, or for the nation, or for one’s party? Hold that thought for a beat, and think about the concept of “democratic inversion,” as explained by Professor Howard Lavine.
Howard Lavine

The Politics of Loyalty

Howard Lavine, professor of political science, focuses his research on the area of political psychology. Lavine believes there’s been a shift in American values that focus more on political party rather than personal beliefs. “People are less motivated by policy substance than they are with showing their loyalty to the team,” he says.

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