Stenner, authoritarianism & winning over status quo conservatives

As someone from the left/liberal camp, a fascinating Twitter thread led me to discovering potential communication tactics for “status quo conservatives” and how to differentiate them from voters with authoritarian tendencies. The tweets are largely based on the work of Karen Stenner, a political psychologist and behavioural economist. Stenner’s research leads her to conclude that: … Continue reading Stenner, authoritarianism & winning over status quo conservatives

Constructing reality: COVID & economy messaging in Sri Lanka

Prior to reading this, it may help to read my page on Constructing Reality, which gives some basic theoretical background to this blog post. I’ve had a long-standing interest in how reality can be constructed, especially in a political context. Currently, it’s possible to observe this happening in Sri Lanka in a very instructive manner. … Continue reading Constructing reality: COVID & economy messaging in Sri Lanka

SJB: ideological distance

This is based on a tweet thread posted after reading what I thought were some poorly thought through comments from the Sri Lankan Twitter commentariat about the overall strategy followed by a political party in Sri Lanka. Disclaimer: I have no association with this party. I hate having to defend Dayan Jayatilleka (with whom I … Continue reading SJB: ideological distance

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