Jean Hardisty, Ph.D.: How the Conservative Right Distorts Social Science to Validate Its Causes: A Case Study

Usually when right-wing researchers disseminate biased research posing as objective social science, mainstream and liberal opponents criticize the conclusions reached and the policies that flow from them. But equally important is the misuse of standard social science methodology in the research. Using marriage promotion as a case study, Jean Hardisty, Ph.D., Senior Scholar at the Wellesley Centers for Women, will discuss how the Right generates misleading “research” in think tanks, then uses its political, media, academic, and legislative allies to build consensus in support of the flawed results.

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