Department of Political Science

Rasmus Skytte

Degrees of Disrespect: How Only Extreme and Rare Incivility Alienates the Base

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Degrees of Disrespect: How Only Extreme and Rare Incivility Alienates the Base. / Skytte, Rasmus.

In: The Journal of Politics, Vol. 84, No. 3, 07.2022, p. 1746-1759.

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Skytte, Rasmus. / Degrees of Disrespect: How Only Extreme and Rare Incivility Alienates the Base. In: The Journal of Politics. 2022 ; Vol. 84, No. 3. pp. 1746-1759.

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