Authoritarianism

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(Image: Broderick Crawford as a character modeled on Huey P. Long)

There is an authoritative new book out about Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics, by Mark J. Hetherington of Vanderbilt University and Jonathan D. Weiler of the University of North Carolina. It was published by Cambridge University Press in August of this year, and here is one view of the book:

“This book tackles two of the most fundamental problems in the study of contemporary American politics — the polarization of the electorate and the role, if any, of ideology in directing the political choices of ordinary citizens. It brings an entirely new light to both by bringing into view the deep psychological roots of political belief and behavior. It is a work of exceptional reach and vision.”

-Paul Sniderman, Stanford University

The book is also mentioned on the following site:

http://www.fivethirtyeight.com/2009/10/authoritarianism-in-american-politics.html
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