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Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS)

College: Fitzwilliam College


In my doctoral thesis, I challenge conventional wisdom in research on affective polarisation (the animosity between individuals of opposing political camps), focusing on understanding the real magnitude and perniciousness of the phenomenon.

I divided my project into three papers, where I use survey data and experiments to:

(1) develop an original global conceptualisation and measure of affective polarisation;

(2) examine the relationship between affective polarisation and democracy;
(3) diagnose whom individuals have in mind when they evaluate opposing political camps.

affective polarisation, political behaviour, political psychology, political sociology, survey experiments, populism, identity



Thesis Title: Understanding affective polarisation
Supervisor: Dr Roberto Foa

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