Polarization under rising inequality and economic decline

  title={Polarization under rising inequality and economic decline},
  author={Alexander J. Stewart and Nolan McCarty and Joanna J. Bryson},
  journal={Science Advances},
Polarization can spread and become entrenched when inequality creates subpopulations that cannot afford risks. Social and political polarization is an important source of conflict in many societies. Understanding its causes has become a priority of scholars across disciplines. We demonstrate that shifts in socialization strategies analogous to political polarization can arise as a locally beneficial response to both rising wealth inequality and economic decline. In many contexts, interaction… 
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