American Affective Polarization in Comparative Perspective (Elements in American Politics)

American Affective Polarization in Comparative Perspective (Elements in American Politics) by Noam Gidron 1108823440 9781108823449
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American political observers express increasing concern about affective polarization, i.e., partisans resentment toward political opponents. We advance debates about Americas partisan divisions by comparing affective polarization in the US over the past 25 years with affective polarization in 19 other western publics. We conclude that American affective polarization is not extreme in comparative perspective, although Americans dislike of partisan opponents has increased more rapidly since the mid-1990s than in most other Western publics. We then show that affective polarization is more intense when unemployment and inequality are high; when political elites clash over cultural issues such as immigration and national identity; and in countries with majoritarian electoral institutions. Our findings situate American partisan resentment and hostility in comparative perspective, and illuminate correlates of affective polarization that are difficult to detect when examining the American case in isolation.

Author: Noam Gidron

Language: English

Binding: Paperback

Pages: 94

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Publication Date: 2020-12-03


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