'The Enemy Is Within': Elite Affective Polarization in American Politics

Awarded Scholars:
Samuel Frederick, Columbia University
Project Date:
May 2023
Award Amount:

A growing body of research documents the recent rise in partisan affective polarization among the American public. Affective polarization, defined as love of one’s own party and hatred of the opposing party, has been shown to have important behavioral implications. Doctoral student in political science Samuel Frederick will examine affective polarization among American politicians in order to better understand its consequences for governance and representation. He will conduct surveys with state legislative candidates for his study.


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