How Low Can They Go? Civil Discourse Expert Available on Republican Race

Article ID: 648830

Released: 26-Feb-2016 11:05 AM EST

Source Newsroom: McMaster University

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Newswise — HAMILTON, Feb. 26, 2016 – A McMaster Communication Studies and Multimedia professor who specializes in politics and civility – or lack thereof – is available to discuss the dynamics of the race for the Republican presidential nomination in the US.

The Republican debates, already sullied by candidates’ hurling personal insults and calling one another liars, reached new levels during a debate Thursday, yet the public seems to have an appetite for more.

“Political civility is a moving target. It depends on the public mood, perceptions of the political actors involved and on the intention of the speech,” says Alex Sévigny, an associate professor who has published research on parliamentary civility and who is a close watcher of US politics. “Something can be civil coming from one politician while the same phrase could be considered outrageous coming from another.”

To arrange an interview with Alex Sévigny, please contact him by email at or by cell phone at 289-339-8325.

For more information or to book an interview in McMaster’s TV studio, please contact:

Wade Hemsworth
Public Relations Manager
McMaster University
905-525-9140, ext. 27988 Michelle Donovan
Public Relations Manager
McMaster University
905-525-9140, ext. 22869


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