The Institute for Humane Studies is pleased to announce this online webinar on Tuesday, August 22, from 12:00 to 1:00 PM Eastern Time. Join us for a conversation with James Tilley, professor of politics at the University of Oxford and fellow of Jesus College, about his research on affective polarization and how polarization affects democratic norms and tolerance.
This conversation will focus on research by Professor Tilley and others. His work uses the recent emergence of new political identities in Britain (Remainers and Leavers during the Brexit referendum) as a case study of how an issue of little importance to the electorate was transformed into a highly divisive political identity.
Using observational and experimental data he demonstrates some of the malignant effects of tribal politics that we also associate with US partisanship. He is also interested in how polarization relates to political tolerance.
Currently, the affective polarization literature tends to equate intolerance with out-group hostility. Yet tolerance does not imply that one likes the other side, just that one respects the other side’s civic rights to free speech and free association.
In this second project, Professor Tilley, with Professor Sara Hobolt and Professor Teresa Bejan, maps the extent of partisan tolerance and its relationship to affective, and ideological, polarization. IHS Program Manager, Michael Brodrick, will host the conversation, which will be followed by Q&A.