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Moral foundations: how and why do moral judgments vary across the political spectrum?

In recent years, a growing body of research has been investigating the role of morality in the formation of political attitudes and the association between individuals’ moral beliefs and political ideology.   In particular, Jonathan Haidt’s thesis allowed us to discover the importance of moral intuitions in building our political identity: by constructing his Moral Foundations Theory, Haidt detected the six underlying moral principles that shape our politics.   Intuitions come first   Using […]

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Politics and Public Policy

Public sector management: biases and agency problems

Leaders too often assume that their managerial strategies can be based on a rational analysis of data, trends and opportunities. Nonetheless, cognitive biases and agency problems have the power of shaping leaders’ decisions and employees’ actions alike. If an organizational strategy aspires to be truly rational, it should therefore account for the irrationality of individuals’ and groups’ behaviours, as dynamics playing out in the background are often the biggest driver of what gets decided […]

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Politics and Public Policy

Closing the racial gap in police forces

The racial gap in law enforcement has critical negative effects in terms of internal department dynamics and of interaction with policed communities. Closing this racial gap would ensure that the demographic of the police forces matches the demographic of the neighbourhoods they serve, consequently increasing their representativeness and improving their legitimacy. This lack of diversity is particularly critical in the United States, where Federal data collected from 467 local police departments showed that, between 2007 and 2016, more than two thirds of these departments became whiter with respect to […]

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Philosophy and Literature Politics and Public Policy

Nudging vaccination

While most countries have begun the process of vaccinating against coronavirus, the data about who is getting vaccinated- or more importantly, who isn’t – are troubling. First, those least vulnerable to COVID-19 are being vaccinated before the highly at-risk individuals who don’t make or don’t attend their vaccination appointments. Second, vaccination rates are substantially lower amongst ethnic […]

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External Events Politics and Public Policy

The untold side of voting behaviour

How is voting behaviour influenced by cognitive biases? In which ways does social interaction affect the beliefs of individuals? And what are the psychological determinants of support for either a liberal or conservative ideology? The event held on April 7, 2021 answered these and more questions, offering us some insight on the behavioural and psychological underpinnings of political preferences of voters.   With Bocconi Professor Catherine De Vries as our moderator, we invited as our speakers Dan Braha, Full Professor at University of Massachusetts, and Yoel Inbar, Associate […]

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Everyday Life Politics and Public Policy

Can conspiracists be right?

Some conspiracies are, to a certain extent, fun. Take, for instance, the absurd claims that Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, is an illegitimate son of Fidel Castro. The story went viral in 2018. It was quite inconsequential, and it seems fair to say that most of the people sharing it didn’t take it too seriously. […]

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Elections Special

Are we really in control of our voting behaviour? A behavioral insight on voting preferences and media influence by Valentina Saponara and Enrico Grassi The upcoming US election has the world holding its breath: soon American citizens will cast their vote and shape the future of one of the most relevant actors on the international […]