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

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Christian Staal Bruun Overgaard

The University of Texas at Austin

Matthew Lease

University of Texas at Austin

Scott Stroud

University of Texas at Austin

Natalie Jomini Stroud

University of Texas at Austin - Moody College of Communication

Samuel Woolley

University of Washington - Department of Communication

Date Written: 2021

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Overgaard, Christian Staal Bruun and Lease, Matthew and Stroud, Scott and Stroud, Natalie Jomini and Woolley, Samuel, Building Connective Democracy: Interdisciplinary Solutions to the Problem of Polarisation (2021). 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, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3831634

Christian Staal Bruun Overgaard

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Matthew Lease

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Scott Stroud (Contact Author)

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Natalie Jomini Stroud

University of Texas at Austin - Moody College of Communication ( email )

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Samuel Woolley

University of Washington - Department of Communication ( email )

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