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Causes of Ideological Polarization in the US, 2009-2019

Student: Nikita Fedotov

Supervisor: Boris Makarenko

Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences

Educational Programme: Politics. Economics. Philosophy (Master)

Final Grade: 7

Year of Graduation: 2020

In this paper we provide a qualitative assessment of the mass polarization of the American electorate under the Trump's presidency. In our research we try to prove that populism, which is the basis of Trump's agenda, significantly changed the character of polarization in the American society. With the use of the empirical data we demonstrate that the Trump's presidency lead to significant party sorting of the independent voters. This data also demonstrates that populism brings significant social hostility between the partisan groups, thus decreasing mutual trust and incentives for compromise, which may undermine democracy.

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