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Ethnic antagonism erodes Republicans’ commitment to democracy

Ethnic antagonism erodes Republicans’ commitment to democracy SignificanceGrowing partisan polarization and democratic “backsliding” in various parts of the world have raised concerns about the attachment of ordinary Americans to democratic institutions and procedures. I find that substantial numbers of Republicans endorse statements contemplating violations of key democratic norms, including respect for the law and for the outcomes of elections and eschewing the use of force in pursuit of political ends. The strongest predictor by far of these antidemocratic attitudes is ethnic antagonism—especially concerns about the political power and claims on government resources of immigrants, African-Americans, and Latinos. The strong tendency of ethnocentric Republicans to countenance violence and lawlessness, even prospectively and hypothetically, underlines the significance of ethnic conflict in contemporary US politics. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America Pubmed Central

Ethnic antagonism erodes Republicans’ commitment to democracy

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America , Volume 117 (37) – Aug 31, 2020
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Copyright © 2020 the Author(s). Published by PNAS.
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0027-8424
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1091-6490
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10.1073/pnas.2007747117
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Abstract

SignificanceGrowing partisan polarization and democratic “backsliding” in various parts of the world have raised concerns about the attachment of ordinary Americans to democratic institutions and procedures. I find that substantial numbers of Republicans endorse statements contemplating violations of key democratic norms, including respect for the law and for the outcomes of elections and eschewing the use of force in pursuit of political ends. The strongest predictor by far of these antidemocratic attitudes is ethnic antagonism—especially concerns about the political power and claims on government resources of immigrants, African-Americans, and Latinos. The strong tendency of ethnocentric Republicans to countenance violence and lawlessness, even prospectively and hypothetically, underlines the significance of ethnic conflict in contemporary US politics.

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Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of AmericaPubmed Central

Published: Aug 31, 2020

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