Change and Resistance: How Authoritarianism Structures Partisan Conflict in the US

Room 417 Muirhead Tower
Friday 28 September 2018 (14:30-16:30)

The ICCS seminar series continues with a guest talk from Professor Stanley Feldman (Stony Brook University). The event is hosted by the International Political Psychology working group.

Speaker: Professor Stanley Feldman (Stony Brook University)

Increasing partisan polarization has been one of the defining characteristics of American politics over the past two decades. We know that Democrats and Republicans have become more consistently sorted on ideology and issue preferences, but the underlying dynamics of this sorting process are less well understood. Looking at national survey data from 1992 to 2016, I argue that people high in authoritarianism -- the desire for strong in-group cohesion and common social norms -- have responded to social change by becoming more consistently Republican. This has led to a growing difference between Republicans and Democrats in levels of authoritarianism and has widened the gap between the parties on many contemporary issues, with supporters of each party increasingly more likely to take different positions on race, immigration, law and order and terrorism.

Coffee will be available in Muirhead Tower 420 from 2pm onwards. The seminar is free to attend and open to all.

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