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Biases in inferences about representatives’ motives may reinforce political acrimony

Doherty, David (2015) Biases in inferences about representatives’ motives may reinforce political acrimony. USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog (28 Jan 2015). Website.

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American politics is characterized by a high degree of partisan rancor, with seemingly little common ground between Democrats and Republicans at the state or national level. But why is compromise now so difficult to achieve? In new research which examines how people perceive politicians’ motives, David Doherty finds that factors such whether or not they agree with a representative’s position or their party affiliation can have a large influence. He writes that if people’s perceptions lead them to conclude that politicians are acting in bad faith, despite them agreeing on policy positions, then this will make political compromises even more difficult.

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Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors, USApp – American Politics and Policy Blog, The London School of Economics and Political Science.
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: J Political Science > JK Political institutions (United States)
Sets: Departments > European Institute
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2015 12:55
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2021 23:30

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