Vortragsankündigung: Fear and Loathing Across Party Lines: The Polarization of America

Am 3. Juni wird Shanto Iyengar von der Universität Stanford im Rahmen des Institutskolloquiums um 18:00 Uhr (s.t.) einen Vortrag mit dem Titel "Fear and Loathing Across Party Lines: The Polarization of America" halten. Der Vortrag wird im Raum P 110 gehalten und steht allen Interessierten offen. Der Bereich Empirische Politikforschung freut sich auf viele Besucher.

Abstract: Fear and Loathing Across Party Lines: The Polarization of America
When defined in terms of social identity and affect toward copartisans and opposing partisans, the polarization of the American electorate has dramatically increased. We document the scope and consequences of affective polarization of partisans using implicit, explicit and behavioral indicators. Our evidence demonstrates that hostile feelings for the opposing party are ingrained or automatic in voters€™ minds, and that affective polarization based on party is just as strong as polarization based on race. We further show that party cues exert powerful effects on nonpolitical judgments and behaviors.
Partisans discriminate against opposing partisans, and do so to a degree that exceeds discrimination based on race. We note that the willingness of partisans to display open animus for opposing partisans can be attributed to the absence of norms governing the expression of negative sentiment and that increased partisan affect provides an incentive for elites to engage in confrontation rather than cooperation.

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