Adapting the ITN framework for political interventions & analysis of political polarisation

by OlafvdVeen1 min read27th Apr 20205 comments


Political Polarization

As a student attaining their Bachelor's in political science, I have in my thesis tried to bridge some of the gaps between political science and EA that critics often allude to, focusing on how to best adapt the ITN framework to political interventions and highlighting political polarisation as a potential topic of interest. I submitted this last month and thought it would be worthwhile to share with you all. Looking forward to your thoughts and feedback!



This paper builds on approaches from political science and cause prioritisation to create a framework that can effectively compare solutions to different political institutions, arguing that these solutions have tended to be undervalued in cause prioritisation. It will show that frameworks from cause prioritisation can effectively be adapted to the political context by changing measurements and adding categories that can be excluded in non-political contexts. Then, this framework will be applied to compare solutions to political polarisation, or the increase of ideological and emotional cleavages around political issues in both the public and the political elite. This paper concludes that the most effective solution to political polarisation depends on context, but that increasing intergroup contact through citizens’ assemblies appears to be the most generally promising solution reviewed.