Winner, 2007 Robert E. Lane Award, Political Psychology Section, American Political Science Association
Winner, 2007 Goldsmith Book Award, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, Harvard University
Choice Outstanding Academic Title 2006
'Religion and politics', as the old saying goes, 'should never be discussed in mixed company.' And yet fostering discussions that cross lines of political difference has long been a central concern of political theorists. More recently, it has also become a cause célèbre for pundits and civic-minded citizens wanting to improve the health of American democracy. But only recently have scholars begun empirical investigations of where and with what consequences people interact with those whose political views differ from their own. Hearing the Other Side examines this theme in the context of the contemporary United States. It is unique in its effort to link political theory with empirical research. Drawing on her empirical work, Mutz suggests that it is doubtful that an extremely activist political culture can also be a heavily deliberative one.