Introduction to Political Psychology explores the many psychological patterns that influence individual political behavior. The authors introduce readers to a broad range of theories, concepts, and case studies of political activity, arguing that individuals are driven or motivated to act in accordance with personality characteristics, values, beliefs, and attachments to groups. The book explains many aspects of political behavior—whether it be seemingly pathological actions or normal decision-making practices, which sometimes work optimally, and other times fail.
Thoroughly updated throughout, the book examines patterns of political behavior in areas including leadership, group behavior, voting, race, nationalism, terrorism, and war. This edition features coverage of the 2016 election and profiles former US President Donald Trump, whilst also including updated data on race relations and extremist groups in the US. Global issues are also considered, with case studies focused on Myanmar and Syria, alongside coverage of social issues including Black Lives Matter and the #MeToo movement.
Accessibly written and comprehensive in scope, it is an essential companion for all graduate and upper-level undergraduate students of psychology, political science, and political psychology. It will also be of interest to those in the policy-making community, especially those looking to learn more about the extent to which perceptions, personality, and group dynamics affect the policy-making arena.
Table of Contents
1. Political Psychology: Introduction and Overview 2. Personality and Politics 3. Cognition, Social Identity, Emotions, and Attitudes in Political Psychology 4. The Political Psychology of Groups 5. The Study of Political Leaders 6. The Political Psychology of Mass Politics: How Do People Decide for Whom to Vote? 7. The Political Psychology of the Media in Politics 8. The Political Psychology of Race 9. From Ethnic Conflict to Genocide 10. The Political Psychology of Nationalism 11. The Political Psychology of Social Movements 12. The Political Psychology of Terrorism 13. The Political Psychology of International Security and Conflict 14. Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation
Martha L. Cottam is professor emeritus of political science in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University, USA.
Elena Mastors is a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University, USA.
Thomas Preston is a professor of political science in the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University, USA.
Beth Dietz is a Professor of Psychology at Miami University, USA.