With Malice toward Some

How People Make Civil Liberties Judgments

With Malice toward Some

How do citizens faced with a complex variety of considerations decide whether or not to tolerate extremist groups? Relying on several survey-experiments, the authors identify and compare the impact on decision making of contemporary information, long-standing predispositions, and enduring values and beliefs. People react most strongly to data about a group's violations of behavioral norms and the implications for democracy of the group's actions. The authors conclude that democratic citizens should have a strong baseline of tolerance yet be attentive to and thoughtful about current information.


"The authors have excelled in providing a framework that effectively synthesizes and gives order to disparate perspectives on tolerance judgments." Public Opinion Quarterly

"...an entirely innovative approach to understanding the dynamics of political intolerance....None who care about public opinion and democracy can afford to ignore this most important book." American Politics


The American Political Science Association Organized Section on Political Psychology's Best Book in Political Psychology Award