This Trends article discusses and evaluates public discourse surrounding the acceptability of militarily invading Iraq through a social psychological perspective. In social psychology, the research tradition for constructs such as free-riding and social loafing suggests that, wittingly or unwittingly, many political actors assume that the United States will act to address actual political threats in a certain way, and that they (the other political actors) can adopt contrarian ideological stances because they don’t have to address those same threats.
"Trends. If You're So Right, Why Are We Sure You're So Wrong? Iraq, Free Riders, and Social Loafing,"
International Bulletin of Political Psychology: Vol. 13
, Article 3.
Available at: https://commons.erau.edu/ibpp/vol13/iss9/3
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