Why Is America So Polarized?: Authoritarianism in a Divided Country

Why Is America So Polarized?: Authoritarianism in a Divided Country

Dr. Jonathan Weiler

2.23.2011

Dr. Jonathan Weiler

Dr. Jonathan Weiler is a professor of Global Studies at UNC Chapel Hill. His first book, Human Rights in Russia, was published by Lynne Rienner Publishers in 2004. His second book, Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics, co-authored with Marc Hetherington, was published by Cambridge University Press in August 2009.

Jonathan Weiler, co-author of "Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics," discusses the growing impact of the personality-based divide in national politics. Director of the undergraduate curriculum of global studies at the University of North Carolina, Weiler explains how partisans of the two major political parties have come to differ so profoundly in their levels of psychological authoritarianism and the consequences of the polarization he sees on both sides of the political spectrum.