New theory explains political polarization

12 October 2020

Scientists at the CSH expand an old theory of balance to explain the emergence of hyperpolarization

A new model of opinion formation shows how the extent to which people like or dislike each other affects their political views —and vice versa. The resulting division of societies can even become a matter of life and death, as the current crises show.

A Weighted Balance Model of Opinion Hyperpolarization