Putting Polarization in Perspective

  title={Putting Polarization in Perspective},
  author={Marc J. Hetherington and Jonathan D. Weiler},
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, as to whether the American electorate is polarized. This review article evaluates the evidence, causes and consequences of polarization on both the elite and mass levels. A marked difference between the two is found. Elites are polarized by almost any definition, although this state of affairs is quite… Expand

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