The dark and bright sides of party polarization

  • In the latest contribution to the Democracy Papers, Thomas Zittel explores when and how polarization becomes a cause for democratic anxiety. He argues that polarization over traditional policy issues is not in itself harmful, and can even be beneficial for democracies. However, he warns that polarization in which parties become divided over the acceptable rules of the game is a problem for democracies. Unfortunately, this latter type of division is increasingly common on both sides of the Atlantic today.

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Author:Thomas Zittel
Parent Title (English):Items & issues
Publisher:Social Science Research Council
Place of publication:New York, NY
Document Type:Article
Year of Completion:2018
Date of first Publication:2018/02/20
Publishing Institution:Universit├Ątsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2019/09/02
Tag:democratic ideals; fringe politics; participation; polarization; populism
Issue:February 20, 2018
Page Number:5
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Institutes:Gesellschaftswissenschaften / Gesellschaftswissenschaften
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 32 Politikwissenschaft / 320 Politikwissenschaft
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