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Posts tagged "Polarization"

The Polarization Paradox: Why Hyperpartisanship Strengthens Conservatism and Undermines Liberalism

  Modern campaigns have rarely focused on the issues, but in the 2012 election the level of moral outrage and anger is unprecedented.  Even before the campaign, America was divided, but come next year, if President Obama is re-elected he will likely face a country more polarized than at any time in more than a...

Communicating the Moral Dimensions of Climate Change

–Guest post by Ezra Markowitz, doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon. The moral judgment system—the set of cognitive, emotional, social and motivational mechanisms responsible for producing our perceptions of right and wrong—has been receiving a lot of attention recently, only some of it good. A slew of best-selling books, dozens of exciting new research...

Post-2012 Election, Polarization is Likely to Deepen as Parties Purge Moderates

If President Obama is re-elected in the Fall, he is likely to face a Congress even more polarized than today, with the ideological divide greater than at anytime since before the Civil War.  Those are among the conclusions of political scientist Keith Poole and colleagues who have been using a sophisticated algorithm to put into historical context...

More on Mann & Ornstein’s “Blaming Republicans for Polarization” Narrative

At the Washington Post’s The Fix, Chris Cillizza has this to say about Thomas Mann and Norman Ornstein’s must read op-ed from the Sunday Post: The truth of the matter though is that most House Members — Republicans and Democrats — are not (nor do they aspire to be) inspirational leaders. What they want to do...

The Trouble with Mann & Ornstein’s “The Republicans Are the Problem” Frame

Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institute and Norman Ornstein of the American Enterprise Institute published a must-read op-ed  at the Washington Post earlier this month titled “Let’s Just Say It: The Republicans Are the Problem.” At the core of their argument is that Republicans in Congress have veered so far to the right, that the GOP...

New Books on Polarization: The Need for Compromise and Applying Conservative Principles to Environmental Problems

Two recently published books caught my eye the World Bank bookstore here in Washington, DC and I’ve put both at the top of my list to read and discuss. Amy Gutmann & Dennis Thompson, The Spirt of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It. If politics is the art of the possible, then compromise...

Breaking the Big Sort: The Case for a National Service Program

Like climate change or poverty, political polarization in the United States may itself be a “wicked” problem, not something we are going to solve or end over the next decade, but rather something we will need to address, manage, and adapt to via a diversity of approaches. Introducing a national service program for high school...

Online News and the End of Political Disagreement

As our political and media systems rapidly evolve, social scientists are revisiting and updating existing models, theories, and methods for investigating the effects of the media on political attitudes and behavior.  Among topics, understanding the relationship between media and political polarization remains perhaps the most complex and challenging. For the forthcoming 2012 edition of Communication Yearbook, an...

As Unemployment Drops, Public Belief in Climate Change Shows Signs of Recovery

–Reposted from Big Think. A November Pew survey reveals a slight upward shift in public belief in climate change. A number of factors likely account for the rise in belief but the most parsimonious explanation remains a recovering economy, marked by hopeful signs of a U.S. unemployment rate below 9% for the first time since 2009....