Partisan Moods: Polarization and the Dynamics of Mass Party Preferences

@article{Ura2012PartisanMP,
  title={Partisan Moods: Polarization and the Dynamics of Mass Party Preferences},
  author={J. Ura and Christopher Ellis},
  journal={The Journal of Politics},
  year={2012},
  volume={74},
  pages={277 - 291}
}
Inquiry into the origins of partisan polarization has generally treated polarization as a simple, symmetric phenomenon—the degree to which the worldviews of the mass Democratic and Republican parties have or have not diverged from one another. In this article, we disaggregate polarization into its constituent parts, the dynamic preferences of the mass Democratic and Republican Parties. This approach allows for the possibility that intraparty dynamics may influence interparty differences and for… Expand
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