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Us Against ThemEthnocentric Foundations of American Opinion$
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Donald R. Kinder and Cindy D. Kam

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780226435701

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226435725.001.0001

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Conclusion: Ethnocentrism and Political Life

Conclusion: Ethnocentrism and Political Life

(p.219) Conclusion: Ethnocentrism and Political Life
Us Against Them
University of Chicago Press

This chapter sums up the key findings of this study on the role or influence of ethnocentrism on politics. It discusses the issue of demarcating where ethnocentrism matters and where it does not, the distinction between ethnocentrism and authoritarianism, and the moderating effect of political knowledge. The chapter also explains the consequences of ethnocentrism's pervasive effect on public opinion for the character and quality of democratic politics.

Keywords:   ethnocentrism, authoritarianism, political knowledge, public opinion, democratic politics

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