Authoritarianism and Polarization

When a worldview structures political disagreements, it puts a premium on being involved, even if the public’s issue preferences are not neatly matched to choices available at the elite level.

—Marc Hetherington, Jonathan Weiler, Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics, (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009), 12.

I’ve heard the 2016 US presidential race described as a choice between love and hate. The proposition that neoliberal hawk Hillary Clinton carries the banner of love astonishes. I’m finding Authoritarianism and Polarization fascinating reading that sheds light on the cleavage in the American electorate.

 

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