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Uncivil Agreement

Political polarization in America is at a record level and the conflict has propelled itself beyond differences of opinion on political issues. For the first time in more than 20 years, studies have shown that members of both parties have very unfavorable opinions about their opponents. It is polarization that is rooted in social identity, and it is growing. The election campaign and the election of Donald Trump revealed this fact of the American electorate, his successful rhetoric of “us against them”, which drew a powerful current of anger and resentment. “Political polarization in America is at a record high and the conflict has propelled itself beyond differences of opinion on political issues. Alan I. Abramowitz has proven to be the leading voice in the opinion that our current political divide is not limited to a small group of elites and activists, but is an essential feature of the American social and cultural landscape. The polarization of the political and media elites, he says, was born and continues because it accurately reflects the state of American society. Here it goes further: polarization is unique in the modern history of the United States. The division of today`s party reflects an unprecedented orientation of many divisions: racial and ethnic, religious, ideological and geographical. A brief, informative and easy-to-read explanation of the increasingly polarized U.S. policy, based on quality data.

The Canadian Political Science Association and/and the Quebec Society of Political Science The Robbers Cave experiment was one of the first to examine the determinants and effects of affiliation and intergroup conflicts. It has inspired more and more precise and exhaustive years of increasingly extensive research, which has studied closely how our group members shape us, influence our relationships with outsiders and distort our perception of objective reality. Radio hosts associate their audience with a deep bond that gives them enormous political power. However, unlike elected officials, they must entertain their audience or witness a decline in their audience. Talkradio raised the Republican agenda in the 1990s, but two decades later, the escalation of the fight for air waves pushed hosts towards increasingly conservative, insolent and hyperbolic content. Donald Trump borrowed the playbook from conservative radio hosts and gave basic Republican voters the kind they`ve been calling for for decades. In this final chapter, the author asks: “How does American politics return to the work of governance instead of focusing so much of our energy on partisan victory, conflict and pride?” I also recorded some excerpts from the book that expose the style of the presentation and some of the most important concepts. I have not tried to reproduce the data that is presented in detail. As noted above, the author makes great efforts to base her analysis on high-quality data.

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