Food for thought:
- What does "creativity" actually measure? I think there's a difference somewhere between open to new viewpoints or attitudes, and to new means or methods for achieving those viewpoints/objectives. Hence, a conservative may be creative in coming up with new ways of doing the same thing - is that still creativity?
- This is only correlation of course. The next logical question is whether conservatism leads to a lack of creativity, or whether it stems from it. (Or, indeed, both.)
- Is creativity necessarily a good thing, especially in the context of policy? Too much change - the treadwheel of progress - can lead to unforeseen consquences, so maybe the really important question is how we strike a balance between conservatism and creation.
[update: stumbled across some slides discussing what creativity might be.]