Cross-Country Trends in Affective Polarization
61 Pages Posted: 22 Jan 2020 Last revised: 1 Dec 2021
Date Written: January 2020
We measure trends in affective polarization in twelve OECD countries over the past four decades. According to our baseline estimates, the US experienced the largest increase in polarization over this period. Five countries experienced a smaller increase in polarization. Six countries experienced a decrease in polarization. We relate trends in polarization to trends in potential explanatory factors.
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