Thursday, April 23, 2020

Federico and Others in the Washington Post on Politics and the Virus

Recently, Chris Federico and colleagues wrote a piece for the Washington Post discussing what research shows about the long-term chances that the current 'big government thinking' being embraced by conservatives might persist once the COVID-19 pandemic subsides.  These political psychology researchers suggest that 'yes' the 'thinking' may persist because programs supporting economic security are actually more in line with other conservative values such as order, stability, and traditionalism. If conservative leaders signify that government intervention in the economy is necessary for a sound and secure US, the 'new' normal may be 'new' indeed.