Polarization of climate politics results from partisan sorting : Evidence from Finnish Twittersphere

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Chen , T H Y , Salloum , A , Gronow , A , Ylä-Anttila , T & Kivelä , M 2021 , ' Polarization of climate politics results from partisan sorting : Evidence from Finnish Twittersphere ' , Global Environmental Change , vol. 71 , 102348 . https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2021.102348

Title: Polarization of climate politics results from partisan sorting : Evidence from Finnish Twittersphere
Author: Chen, Ted Hsuan Yun; Salloum, Ali; Gronow, Antti; Ylä-Anttila, Tuomas; Kivelä, Mikko
Other contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Helsinki, Academic Disciplines of the Faculty of Social Sciences
University of Helsinki, Faculty of Social Sciences





Date: 2021-11
Language: eng
Number of pages: 12
Belongs to series: Global Environmental Change
ISSN: 0959-3780
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gloenvcha.2021.102348
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/335438
Abstract: Prior research shows that public opinion on climate politics sorts along partisan lines. However, they leave open the question of whether climate politics and other politically salient issues exhibit tendencies for issue alignment, which the political polarization literature identifies as among the most deleterious aspects of polarization. Using a network approach and social media data from the Twitter platform, we study polarization of public opinion toward climate politics and ten other politically salient topics during the 2019 Finnish elections as the emergence of opposing groups in a public forum. We find that while climate politics is not particularly polarized compared to the other topics, it is subject to partisan sorting and issue alignment within the universalist-communitarian dimension of European politics that arose following the growth of right-wing populism. Notably, climate politics is consistently aligned with the immigration issue, and temporal trends indicate that this phenomenon will likely persist.
Subject: Climate politics
Issue alignment
Partisan sorting
Political polarization
Social networks
5171 Political Science
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