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Social and Psychological Bases of Ideology and System Justification$
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John T. Jost, Aaron C. Kay, and Hulda Thorisdottir

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195320916

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320916.001.0001

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A Psychological Advantage for the Status Quo

A Psychological Advantage for the Status Quo

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(p.85) CHAPTER 4 A Psychological Advantage for the Status Quo
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Social and Psychological Bases of Ideology and System Justification
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Scott Eidelman

Christian S. Crandall

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195320916.003.004

This chapter discusses a host of psychological phenomena and their supporting mechanisms that favor status quo maintenance. These phenomena are placed into two loose clusters: those that describe cognitive processes and those that describe evaluative processes. The chapter argues these processes work in tandem, providing existing states with a psychological advantage; relative to alternatives, the status quo requires less effort, intention, control, and/or awareness for support and/or endorsement. As such, status quo maintenance is more ubiquitous and subtle than often believed.

Keywords:   cognitive processes, evaluative processes, psychological advantage, status quo

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