What Sarah Sanders’s Red Hen controversy says about civility

There’s evidence that inflicting personal punishments on political leaders does cause them to grapple with their actions and even change their behavior.

One study, for example, looked at a fine imposed on legislators in the French National Assembly when they skipped important committee meetings. The study looked at two things: the effect of the fine itself and the impact of it being widely publicized that a legislator skipped a meeting and thus was fined. The scholars found legislators “strongly increase their committee attendance both after the private experience of sanctions and after their public exposure.” So there’s reason to think that public officials do mind being sanctioned, both privately and in the public eye.

What Sarah Sanders’s Red Hen controversy says about civility – Vox

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