Working Group on Attributions and Politics


The working group on Attributions and Politics is primarily concerned with conducting research on Attribution Theory and its application to political affairs.  Specifically, we examine the causes citizens identify for political problems, behavior, and events.  Our past research includes analysis of the perceived causes of mass shootings, homosexuality, obesity, global warming, intelligence, success, poverty, to name a few.  Causal attributions are important antecedents of policy preferences and function to reinforce and justify existing political dispositions.

  • Working papers
  • Events
  • Presentations

If you have further questions about our group, please contact
Don Haider-Markel, Professor, Chair, Political Science
Mark Joslyn, Associate Professor, Graduate Director, Political Science


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