Robb Willer presented first talk in Behavioral Policy Speaker Series

Sunday, Sep 4, 2016
by lesliej

Robb Willer, Professor of Sociology, Psychology, and Organizational Behavior at Stanford University, kicked off the Fall 2016 Behavioral Policy Speaker Series to a packed house on Thursday, September 15, with a talk entitled "The Declining Status of White Americans and the Rise of the Tea Party."

Since its rapid rise in early 2009, scholars have advanced a variety of explanations for popular support for the Tea Party movement. Willer argued that various political, economic, and demographic trends and events – e.g., the election of Barack Obama, the rising minority population – have been perceived as threatening the relative standing of whites in the U.S., with the resulting racial resentment fueling popular support for the movement. He discussed five survey-based experiments testing for this “decline of whiteness” explanation for white Americans’ Tea Party support and various implications of the research.


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