Building Connective Democracy: Interdisciplinary Solutions to the Problem of Polarisation
Overgaard, C. S. B., Dudo, A., Lease, M. Masullo, G. M., Stroud, N. J., Stroud, S. R., & Woolley, S. (2021). “Building Connective Democracy: Interdisciplinary Solutions to the Problem of Polarisation,” The Routledge Companion to Media Misrepresentation and Populism, Howard Tumber & Silvio Waisbor
23 Pages Posted: 22 Apr 2021 Last revised: 15 May 2021
Date Written: 2021
Global concerns about misinformation have shed light on another escalating, and connected, international issue: political polarisation. After describing polarisation, its consequences, and its connection to misinformation, this chapter reviews research from across the social sciences, information sciences, and humanities in order to map out empirically sound and theoretically rigorous solutions to the harmful aspects of polarisation. These solutions are integral to building a new “connective democracy” in a world now defined by digital communication and the promises and perils of networked life.
Keywords: democracy, polarization, partisanship, political communication, social media
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