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  1. vested interest(noun)

    (law) an interest in which there is a fixed right to present or future enjoyment and that can be conveyed to another

  2. vested interest(noun)

    groups that seek to control a social system or activity from which they derive private benefit


  1. vested interest(Noun)

    a right or title that can be conveyed

  2. vested interest(Noun)

    a fixed right granted to an employee, especially under a pension plan

  3. vested interest(Noun)

    a stake, often financial, in a particular outcome

  4. vested interest(Noun)

    a group of people or organizations with such a stake

  5. vested interest(Noun)

    an exceptionally strong interest in protecting or promoting something to one's own advantage


  1. Vested interest

    Vested interest is a communication theory that seeks to explain how influences impact behaviors. As defined by William Crano, vested interest refers to the amount that an attitude object is deemed hedonically relevant by the attitude holder. In Crano's idea of vested interest, if the attitude object is subjectively important and the perceived personal consequences are significant, there will be a greater chance the individual's attitude will be expressed behaviorally. For example, a 30 year old individual is told that the legal driving age is being raised from 16 to 17 in his state. While he may not agree with this law, he is not impacted like a 15 year old prospective vehicle operator and is unlikely to be involved in protesting the change. This example illustrates the point that highly vested attitudes concerning issues are related to an individual’s situational point of view.

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