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Author Hetherington, Marc J., 1968-

Title Authoritarianism and polarization in American politics / Marc J. Hetherington, Jonathan D. Weiler
Published New York : Cambridge University Press, 2009
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Description 1 online resource (xi, 234 pages) : illustrations
Contents Spanking or time out : a clash of worldviews? -- Putting polarization in perspective -- Authoritarianism and non-authoritarianism : concepts and measures -- A historical account of the roots of worldview evolution -- Authoritarianism's structuring of contemporary issues -- Threat and authoritarianism : polarization or convergence -- Evidence of worldview evolution -- Immigration : a reinforcing cleavage that now constrains the Republican Party (GOP) -- What the 2008 democratic nomination struggle reveals about party polarization -- A new view of polarization
Summary "Although politics at the elite level has been polarized for some time, a scholarly controversy has raged over whether ordinary Americans are polarized. This book argues that they are and that the reason is growing polarization of worldviews - what guides people's view of right and wrong and good and evil. These differences in worldview are rooted in what Marc J. Hetherington and Jonathan D. Weiler describe as authoritarianism. They show that differences of opinion concerning the most provocative issues on the contemporary issue agenda - about race, gay marriage, illegal immigration, and the use of force to resolve security problems - reflect differences in individuals' levels of authoritarianism. This makes authoritarianism an especially compelling explanation of contemporary American politics. Events and strategic political decisions have conspired to make all these considerations more salient. The authors demonstrate that the left and the right have coalesced around these opposing worldviews, which has provided politics with more incandescent hues than before."--Jacket
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Authoritarianism -- United States.
Polarization (Social sciences) -- Case studies.
Right and left (Political science) -- Case studies.
United States -- Politics and government -- 2001-2009.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
Author Weiler, Jonathan, 1965-
LC no. 2009004019
ISBN 0511651651 (electronic bk.)
0511802331 (electronic bk.)
9780511651656 (electronic bk.)
9780511802331 (electronic bk.)
Other Titles Authoritarianism & polarization in American politics