chapter  8
Rethinking the Rigidity of the Right Model: Three Suboptimal Methodological Practices and Their Implications
ByAriel Malka, Yphtach Lelkes, Nissan Holzer
Pages 21

The dominant psychological account of political ideology is an unflattering one for conservatives. Relative to liberals, they are said to be closedminded, averse to novelty, highly attuned to threat, dogmatic, conformist, and disinclined toward complex thinking ( Jost, Glaser, Kruglanski, & Sulloway, 2003). Perspectives along these lines-collectively dubbed the “Rigidity of the Right” Model (RR Model; Tetlock, 1984)—go back over half a century (Adorno, Frenkel-Brunswik, Levinson, & Sanford, 1950). After receiving sporadic attention for a number of years, they were revived and integrated in an influential review by Jost et al. (2003), who argued that people who are intolerant of uncertainty and sensitive to threat tend to have a cognitive-motivational affinity for right-wing ideology. It is fair to say that this viewpoint has become conventional wisdom within the psychological study of political ideology.