Ideological and Affective Polarization in Multiparty Systems

Literature Review

OSF Pre-Print. August 11, 2023


My Ph.D. supervisor, Arndt Leininger and I have decided to collect what we know about polarisation in multiparty systems in a review article that is now available on OSF.


Inspired by increasingly partisan politics in the US, a burgeoning literatureon affective polarization applies the concept to multiparty systems. While thereare many literature reviews on polarization in the US, there exists as of yet nocomparable stocktaking of the research on polarization in multiparty systems.This review article fills this gap by providing a comprehensive overview of rele-vant concepts and operationalizations of ideological and affective polarization inmultiparty systems and by summarizing research on the causes and consequencesof polarization in these systems.

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