Online Political Polarization: Which Knowledge Breakthroughs Do We Need to Understand It?
Is Sweden moving towards a more polarized political society and political arena? What role does social media play? As Political polarization can be seen to pose a threat to democracy, erode and undermine confidence in democratic institutions and weaken the power of the state, these are critical questions to explore.
The discussion of this panel stems from theoretical considerations with a point of departure in examples from the Swedish case, pointing in the direction of much needed research breakthroughs to better understand political polarization.
The panel will offer four avenues of investigation, each explored by one panel participant.
- Knowledge beliefs and polarization, Mikael Klintmann, Department of Sociology
- Disinformation and polarization, Michael Bossetta, Department of Media and Communication
- Political elites and polarization, Hanna Bäck, Department of Political Science
- Polarization in the news, Nils Gustafsson, Department of Strategic Communication
The discussion will be moderated by the coordinators of the Pufendorf IAS Theme Political Polarization on the Internet, Erik Olsson (Department of Philosophy) and Anamaria Dutceac Segesten (Centre for European Studies).
Watch the live stream
This event is part of Lund University’s Future Week, 18-24 October 2021. View the whole program (in Swedish) – lu.se/framtidsveckan.