Leadership, Ethics, and Trust, Financial Foundations Framework

What's Fair? Understanding Political Polarization with Moral Psychology

GFOA Research Report

GFOA's three part series of papers "What's Fair? Exploring the Behavioral Science of Justice and Fairness" is about understanding how people view fairness. According to GFOA’s Code of Ethics and GFOA’s Financial Foundations Framework, fairness is elemental to the role of the public finance officer. In today’s political environment, it is impossible to discuss fairness without discussing political polarization. Part 2 in our series will introduce the field of “moral psychology” to explain how people of different political persuasions see the world differently. When the finance officer understands differences in underlying value systems, it is easier to navigate the conflicts posed by political polarization


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