Prius or Pickup? How the Answers to Four Simple Questions Explain America’s Great Divide, Marc Hetherington and Jonathan Weiler
Commentators inside and outside the academy have a variety of phenomena in mind when they speak of “partisan polarization,” but one of the most important is the growing tendency for Republicans and Democrats to look not just at politics but social life in general in fundamentally different ways.
It is this aspect of the partisan divide that Marc Hetherington and Jonathan Weiler focus on in Prius or Pickup? How the Answers to Four Simple Questions Explain America’s Great Divide. Hetherington and Weiler are no newcomers to this topic: their acclaimed 2009 work Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics explored similar territory and remains a contemporary classic. In that earlier volume, they provided evidence that differences in authoritarianism—a preference for social conformity over individual autonomy—were increasingly central to the divide between Republicans and Democrats. Prius or Pickup picks up where Authoritarianism and Polarization left off, both refining the authors’ earlier work and making it more accessible to nonspecialists.
For starters, Hetherington and Weiler reconceptualize the notion of authoritarianism. They move away from the term “authoritarianism” and talk instead about a spectrum of worldviews ranging from fi
To continue reading, see options above.
Join the Academy of Political Science and automatically receive Political Science Quarterly.
Women and Politics
Publishing since 1886, PSQ is the most widely read and accessible scholarly journal with distinguished contributors such as: Lisa Anderson, Robert A. Dahl, Samuel P. Huntington, Robert Jervis, Joseph S. Nye, Jr., Theda Skocpol, Woodrow Wilsonview additional issues
Articles | Book reviews
PRESIDENTIAL SELECTION AND DEMOCRACY
The Academy of Political Science, promotes objective, scholarly analyses of political, social, and economic issues. Through its conferences and publications APS provides analysis and insight into both domestic and foreign policy issues.
With neither an ideological nor a partisan bias, PSQ looks at facts and analyzes data objectively to help readers understand what is really going on in national and world affairs.