How Elite Partisan Polarization Affects Public Opinion Formation

  title={How Elite Partisan Polarization Affects Public Opinion Formation},
  author={J. Druckman and Erik Peterson and Rune Slothuus},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={57 - 79}
  • J. Druckman, Erik Peterson, Rune Slothuus
  • Published 2013
  • Sociology, Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
  • Competition is a defining element of democracy. One of the most noteworthy events over the last quarter-century in U.S. politics is the change in the nature of elite party competition: The parties have become increasingly polarized. Scholars and pundits actively debate how these elite patterns influence polarization among the public (e.g., have citizens also become more ideologically polarized?). Yet, few have addressed what we see as perhaps more fundamental questions: Has elite polarization… CONTINUE READING
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