The self-fulfilling prophecy of electoral paranoia

Mer, 03/23/2022 - 13:00 / 14:30

205AB, Viale Romania

Speaker: Till Weber , City University of New York


Elections around the globe have become more heated and confrontational. At the same time, ordinary people are as cautious and diffident as ever. What appears as a contradiction at first glance turns out to be a systematic necessity. I argue that our polarized world reflects a tragic byproduct of the popular belief that there is more harm than good in politics. If we want to tame polarization, both sides of the political spectrum need to stand up more for their convictions, not less. I will show why this is so, theoretically and empirically.

Further info at: Negative voting and party polarization: A classic tragedy - ScienceDirect