, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 28–34

Why so Few Conservatives and Should we Care?

Symposium: Liberals and Conservatives in Academia

DOI: 10.1007/s12115-014-9850-6

Cite this article as:
Tetlock, P.E. & Mitchell, G. Soc (2015) 52: 28. doi:10.1007/s12115-014-9850-6


We take mild issue with some of the conclusions Gross draws from his research into the political commitments of academics, and we draw attention to other research that suggests there are epistemic costs associated with the political imbalance that Gross observes. We question whether incentives and controls currently existing within the social sciences are sufficient to counter these epistemic costs.


Sociology of science Mertonian norms Marketplace of ideas Bias 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Solomon LabsUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA

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