Speaker Series: Pernicious Polarization

   25th April 2019 13:00 - 15:00, 25th April 2019 15:00

13:00 25th April 2019

Jennifer McCoy: Pernicious Polarization

A Global Threat to Democracy McCoy will discuss her research on pernicious polarization -- the political polarization that divides electorates into mutually distrustful “Us vs. Them” camps, extends into social relations and becomes a social identity, and undermines the capacity of democracies to address critical policy problems. She has recently published two special issues in American Behavioral Scientist and the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences compiling research by an international research group she coordinated the last three years, examining the mechanisms giving rise to such polarization and its consequences for democracy in a comparative perspective.  She will also outline the second (current) phase of the project to examine the micro-level political psychology of polarization, its impact on political behavior, relationship to populism, and potential strategies to mitigate its negative consequences.

Jennifer McCoy Distinguished University Professor of Political Science at Georgia State University. She served as Inaugural Director of the Global Studies Institute at GSU (2015-16), and Director of the Carter Center’s Americas Program (1998-2015), leading projects on democratic strengthening, mediation and dialogue, and hemispheric cooperation. A specialist on democratization and polarization, mediation and conflict prevention, election processes and election observation, and Latin American politics, Dr. McCoy has authored or edited six books and dozens of articles. Her latest book is International Mediation in Venezuela (with Francisco Diez, 2011). She teaches courses on comparative democratization, international norms, and Latin American politics.

Venue: MTA Humán Tudományok Kutatóháza PTI Körtárgyaló 1097 Budapest, Tóth Kálmán u. 4. T.2.28. (T épületszárny, 2. emelet 28.)