Polarization and the Global Crisis of Democracy: Common Patterns, Dynamics, and Pernicious Consequences for Democratic Polities

@article{McCoy2018PolarizationAT,
  title={Polarization and the Global Crisis of Democracy: Common Patterns, Dynamics, and Pernicious Consequences for Democratic Polities},
  author={Jennifer McCoy and Tahmina Rahman and Murat Somer},
  journal={American Behavioral Scientist},
  year={2018},
  volume={62},
  pages={16 - 42}
}
This article argues that a common pattern and set of dynamics characterizes severe political and societal polarization in different contexts around the world, with pernicious consequences for democracy. Moving beyond the conventional conceptualization of polarization as ideological distance between political parties and candidates, we offer a conceptualization of polarization highlighting its inherently relational nature and its instrumental political use. Polarization is a process whereby the… Expand

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