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The Journal of Politics
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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partisanship, political affect, polarization, partyism
Lelkes, Y., & Westwood, S. J. (2017). The Limits of Partisan Prejudice. The Journal of Politics, 79 (2), 485-501. https://doi.org/10.1086/688223
Date Posted: 12 October 2017
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