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dc.contributor.advisorLevitsky, Steven
dc.contributor.advisorIversen, Torben
dc.contributor.advisorMcClendon, Gwyneth
dc.contributor.authorIfkovits, David
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-15T10:40:53Z
dc.date.created2020-03
dc.date.issued2019-10-30
dc.date.submitted2020
dc.identifier.citationIfkovits, David. 2020. Essays on Political Socialization and Polarization. Doctoral dissertation, Harvard University, Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
dc.identifier.urihttps://nrs.harvard.edu/URN-3:HUL.INSTREPOS:37365150*
dc.description.abstractThis dissertation studies the long-term consequences of political socialization. In the first paper, I study socialization under different regime types and its implications for democratic consolidation. Using public opinion data from transitioning democracies in Sub-Saharan Africa I show that democracy may not be self-enforcing: Individuals socialized under democracy voice less support for democratic rule than individuals socialized under autocracy. In the second paper, my co-author and I analyze habituation effects through socialization among newly enfranchised 16-year-old voters in Austria. We suggest that lowering the voting age has benefits for long-term rates of political participation, but may also reinforce polarization. The third paper conceptualizes political polarization as one form of socialization and demonstrates widespread misperceptions of out-group ideologies in the US electorate. It utilizes and experimental design to test whether an information intervention can mitigate some of the negative consequences of partisan polarization. I find that individuals update their posterior beliefs about out-group ideologies. Such updating lowers negative affect and threat perceptions, but does not impact issue-based polarization.
dc.description.sponsorshipGovernment
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdf
dc.language.isoen
dash.licenseLAA
dc.subjectDemocratization, Voting Age, Political Behavior, Political Socialization, Political Polarization, Experiment
dc.titleEssays on Political Socialization and Polarization
dc.typeThesis or Dissertation
dash.depositing.authorIfkovits, David
dc.date.available2020-09-15T10:40:53Z
thesis.degree.date2020
thesis.degree.grantorGraduate School of Arts & Sciences
thesis.degree.grantorGraduate School of Arts & Sciences
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.levelDoctoral
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
thesis.degree.nameDoctor of Philosophy
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thesis.degree.departmentGovernment
thesis.degree.departmentGovernment
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dash.author.emaildavid.ifkovits@gmail.com


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