#LLSBookClub: Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics

When I (Darcie) first started reading this book I thought to myself, “Maybe everything isn’t as chaotic as it seems.” Thanks to the work of authors Weiler and Hetherington our current political stage can make a little more sense. Their study of authoritarian tendencies (via child rearing value questions) results in some strong correlations in 41vgvi54y5l-_sx329_bo1204203200_political preference.

For example, an authoritarian would likely choose good manners over curiosity when forced to pick which of the two was more important for children. That choice strongly correlates with their voter preferences – they would be highly likly to go vote for a conservative/Republican candidate.

There is a lot more to it – like what issues cause authoritarianism to be activated, how those issues have changed over the years, and if the public or the political elites are in control of the conversation.

Don’t miss this interesting explanation of how our political system evolved into the polarized version we see today.  Tune in as we discuss research,  findings and modern applications with the author.

You can get the book HERE.

This is part of the #LLSBookClub where we read and then interview experts. Keep tuned in to The Little London Show for more and be sure to listen via iTunes, Soundcloud, Stitcher or right here –>

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