1st Edition

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

Edited By Annemarie S. Walter Copyright 2021
    264 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 16 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


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