Adrian Treves, Francisco J. Santiago-Ávila, and William S. Lynn, Just preservation


Treves et al. argue for better representation of voiceless groups in current policy decisions. We agree with the argument but believe it will be challenging to convince enough people of its importance to change policy — especially those political groups who are not predisposed to agreeing with these kinds of arguments. We draw on the social psychology literature to recommend three principles for increasing the persuasiveness of the argument to the public: pre-suasion, framing, and tailoring for the audience. We apply these principles to make concrete recommendations for framing the argument to persuade the American political right.

Author Biography

Scott Danielson, doctoral candidate, School of Psychology, Speech, and Hearing, University of Canterbury, studies how people make moral judgments and why people disagree on moral values. Website

Andrew J. Vonasch, Lecturer, University of Canterbury, is a social and personality psychologist with interest in morality, rationality, and agency. Website