Measuring Political Polarization in Comparative Perspective

35 Pages Posted: 1 Aug 2011 Last revised: 27 Aug 2011

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Piero Stanig

Bocconi University - DONDENA - Carlo F. Dondena Centre for Research on Social Dynamics

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

I show that the available measures of polarization proposed in the economics and political science literatures present shortcomings when applied to the measurement of party system polarization, and I introduce a new measure of ideological polarization that displays desirable properties in line with the political science concept. The measure is applied to data from voters surveys, expert party placements, and manifesto data. I then present an application, detecting systematic patterns in the relationship between electoral rules, income distribution, and party system polarization.

Suggested Citation

Stanig, Piero, Measuring Political Polarization in Comparative Perspective (2011). APSA 2011 Annual Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1903475

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