Departmental Papers (ASC)

Document Type

Journal Article

Date of this Version

4-1-2017

Publication Source

The Journal of Politics

Volume

79

Issue

2

Start Page

485

Last Page

501

DOI

10.1086/688223

Abstract

Partisanship increasingly factors into the behavior of Americans in both political and non-political situations, yet the bounds of partisan prejudice are largely unknown. In this paper we systematically evaluate the limits of partisan prejudice using a series of five studies situated within a typology of prejudice. We find that partisan prejudice predicts promotion of hostile rhetoric, avoidance of members of the opposition, and a desire for preferential treatment for one's own party. While these behaviors may cause incidental or indirect harm to the opposition, we find that even the most affectively polarized-those with the strongest disdain for the opposition-are no more likely to intentionally harm the opposition than those with minimal levels of affective polarization.

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© 2017 University of Chicago Press.

Comments

Lelkes, Y. and Westwood, S. (Forthcoming). The Limits of Partisan Discrimination. Journal of Politics.

Keywords

partisanship, political affect, polarization, partyism

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4-1-2018

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Date Posted: 12 October 2017

This document has been peer reviewed.