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Political Incivility in the Parliamentary, Electoral and Media Arena
Crossing Boundaries

ISBN 9780367462734
Published February 26, 2021 by Routledge
264 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited volume affords conceptual and analytical convergence in the study of political incivility by bringing together theoretical and empirical work of scholars from various (sub)disciplines studying political incivility within European countries and the USA.

It addresses the needs and challenges of comparative research, adding to a more generic theory on political incivility. Recent years have witnessed growing attention to issues of political incivility in the parliamentary, electoral and media arenas, with rudeness, hostility and vulgarity being highly prevalent in interactions between politicians, journalists and citizens. This book analyses what constitutes this political incivility, its occurrence, causes and effects in these various arenas, using several country-specific contexts, and presenting a cohesive edifice of knowledge on political incivility.

This book will be of key interest to scholars and students of parliamentary studies, political behaviour, political communication and political psychology, as well as more broadly to political science, communication science, media studies, psychology, sociology and to (non-) governmental institutions and those that are concerned about the quality of democracy or public debate.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Study of Political Incivility and its Challenges

Annemarie S. Walter 

Part 1: Political Incivility: Concept and Measurement

1. Civility Through the Comparative Lens: Challenges and Achievements

Madison Flores, Megan Nair, Meredith Rasmussen and Emily Sydnor

2. Words That Hurt Democracy: The Sticks and Stones of Anti-Democratic Discourse in Hungary and Germany

Nicole Lugosi-Schimpf and Lori Thorlakson

3. Measuring Incivility in Parliamentary Debates: Validating a Sentiment Analysis Procedure with Calls to Order in the Austrian Parliament

Marcelo Jenny, Martin Haselmayer and Daniel Kapla

Part 2: Political Incivility in the Parliamentary Arena

4. Legislative Conflict: Are Ideologues More Uncivil?

Scot Schraufnagel, Nicholas Casas, Thomas Bacharz and Claire Miller

5. Contested Democracy and the Rise of Archaic Derogatory Language in the Polish Parliament

Agnieszka Kwiatkowska

Part 3: Political Incivility in the Electoral Arena

6. How the Emotion of Contempt can Help Explain Political Effects of Incivility

Ira J. Roseman, Kyle Mattes and David P. Redlawsk

7. Voters’ Emotional Responses to Negative Campaign Messages

Annemarie S. Walter and Travis Ridout

8. A Whole New Ball Game or Not? A Comparative Analysis on the Content of the Print Media News and Tweets Circling the November 2015 Turkish Election

Seçil Toros and Emre Toros

9. The 2016 EU Referendum Campaign on Social Media: Uncivil MPs and Campaign Groups?

Esmeralda Bon and Annemarie S. Walter

Part 4: Political Incivility in the Media Arena

10. Interactional Forms of Political Negativism in the Broadcast Political Interviews of the Campaign for the Italian Political Election of 2013

Augusto Gnisci, Francesca Tanganelli, Rita Bianco and Fulvia Cecere

11. Will Fouls in Politics be Punished? An Experiment on the Effect of Incivility on the Support for the Sender and for the Political System

Jürgen Maier

12. Rude by Nature? Political Cartoons and Political Incivility

Joop van Holsteyn

Conclusion: The Study of Political Incivility and How to Move Forward 

Annemarie S. Walter

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Annemarie S. Walter is Assistant Professor in the School of Politics and International Relations at the University of Nottingham, UK.