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Something about our current moment seems to have put a particular strain on our personal relationships. Alex Edelman/AFP via Getty Images

Why friendships are falling apart over politics

A recent Pew survey showed just how deep the divide has become, with about 40% of registered voters saying that they didn't have a single close friend supporting a different presidential candidate.
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (right) has been in an ongoing tug-of-war with his ally-turned-foe, Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan, over pandemic mitigation. Sigid Kurniawan/Antara Foto

Existing political tensions intensify during pandemic: a ‘glocal’ observation

A pandemic can amplify friction and tension between jurisdictions – especially when there are political differences and existing conflict.
Democratic vice-presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris speaks at the Democratic National Convention on Aug. 19 in Delaware. Why wasn’t she the presidential nominee? Strategic discrimination by primary voters may explain. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

How race and gender affect who looks like a winner

Why are women and people of colour under-represented in politics? Part of the problem is strategic discrimination, or concern about other people's biases.
Trump supporters fight Black Lives Matter protestors at an anti-racism rally in Tujunga, California, Aug. 14, 2020. Keith Birmingham/MediaNews Group/Pasadena Star-News via Getty Images

Angry Americans: How political rage helps campaigns but hurts democracy

Americans are mad – fist-fighting, protesting mad. And that's just how politicians want voters in election season. But the popular anger stoked by candidates doesn't just dissipate after the campaign.

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