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The Political Relevance of Political Trust
Scholars have debated the importance of declining political trust to the American political system. By primarily treating trust as a dependent variable, however, scholars have systematicallyExpand
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Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics
• A personality based, authoritarian-nonauthoritarian, divide continues to structure party conflict in America, providing it with the characteristics of polarization. • Barack Obamae's ascendancy toExpand
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Resurgent Mass Partisanship: The Role of Elite Polarization
  • M. Hetherington
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
  • 1 September 2001
For the most part, scholars who study American political parties in the electorate continue to characterize them as weak and in decline. Parties on the elite level, however, have experienced aExpand
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Authoritarianism, Threat, and Americans’ Support for the War on Terror
In the years following 9/11, surveys have revealed high levels of public support for policies related to the war on terror that, many argue, contravene long‐standing American ideals. Extant researchExpand
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The Media's Role in Forming Voters' National Economic Evaluations in 1992
Theory: In terms of economic voting, voters' perceptions of economic indicators can be more important than the statistics themselves. This distinction is particularly important in understandingExpand
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Anatomy of a rally effect: George W. Bush and the war on terrorism
The “rally-round-the-flag effect” sparked by the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington and by President George W. Bush's prompt launching of the War on Terrorism cries out for theExpand
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Review Article: Putting Polarization in Perspective
Scholarly research has demonstrated rather conclusively that American political elites have undergone a marked partisan polarization over the past thirty years. There is less agreement, however, asExpand
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Why Washington Won't Work: Polarization, Political Trust, and the Governing Crisis
Polarization is at an all-time high in the United States. But contrary to popular belief, Americans are polarized not so much in their policy preferences as in their feelings toward their politicalExpand
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