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Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics - by Marc J Hetherington & Jonathan D Weiler

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Number of Pages: 234

Genre: Political Science

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book theme: Conservatism & Liberalism

Author: Marc J Hetherington & Jonathan D Weiler

Language: English

Street Date: March 9, 2015
TCIN: 77960939
UPC: 9780521711241
Item Number (DPCI): 247-69-6258

Description

"The once-dormant concept of authoritarianism has seen a rebirth in recent years, as scholars have begun to appreciate fully its explanatory power. Nowhere has this power been analyzed more thoughtfully than in Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics, where Hetherington and Weiler argue persuasively that the evolving political landscape, whose topography is often shaped by visceral issues such as race, crime, feminism, sexual orientation, immigration, and terrorism, is the inevitable result of the clashing and irreconcilable worldviews of individuals with, and without, authoritarian belief systems, who simply think about the world in fundamentally different, and polarized, ways. Perhaps the most important contribution of this book, however, is the insight that authoritarianism does not explain everything political; conditions sometimes arise that cause people with different worldviews to see the world the same way. After 9/11 a large proportion of Americans supported torture, wiretapping, and preemptive war. These were not fringe positions taken only by hard-core authoritarians. Rather, the authors show that reasonable people want to feel safe, too, and will support a strong hand when they feel threatened. This book will be central to our understanding of the roots and ramifications of post-9/11 politics."
-Jon Hurwitz, University of Pittsburgh
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