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Political Psychology
Key Readings

ISBN 9781841690704
Published March 18, 2004 by Psychology Press
512 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Political psychology is a dynamic subfield at the intersection of psychology and political science. The specific relationship between politics and social psychology has been steadily evolving in recent years, making it a compelling and exciting area of study. The chapters in this reader were written by leading scholars in the areas of political science and social psychology. Both contemporary and classic articles are compiled, demonstrating the ever-changing nature of political psychology and offering comprehensive coverage of social psychological research into the processes that have governed local and global affairs in the postmodern world. Topics covered include authoritarianism, political leadership, public opinion, decision-making, prejudice, intergroup relations, terrorism, and revolution.

Table of Contents

Part 1. Historical Introduction
The Poly-Psy Relationship: Three Phases of A Long Affair, W.J. McGuire
Part II. Personality and Politics
A. Authoritarianism and Mass Psychology
The Authoritarian Personality and the Organization of Attitudes, R. Brown
Threat and Authoritarianism in the United States: 1978-1987, R.M. Doty, B.E. Peterson, and D.G. Winter
The Other "Authoritarian Personality,"B. Altemeyer
B. Political Elites and Leadership
Can Personality and Politics Be Studied Systematically?,F. Greenstein
Leader Appeal, Leader Performance, and the Motive Profiles of Leaders and Followers: A Study of American Presidents and Elections,D.G. Winter
Part III. Mass Media and Candidate Perception
Experimental Demonstrations of the "not-so-animal" Consequences of Television News Programs,S. Iyengar, M. Peters, and D. Kinder
Altering the Foundation of Support for the President Through Priming, J.A. Krosnick and D.R. Kinder
Anxiety, Enthusiasm, and the Vote: The Emotional Underpinnings of Learning and Involvement During Presidential Campaigns, G.E. Marcus and M. MacKuen
Part IV. Idealogy and Public Opinion
A. Does Ideology Exist?
The Nature of Belief Systems in Mass Publics, P.E. Converse
The Origins and Meaning of Liberal-Conservative Self-Identification, P. Conover and S. Feldman
B. Cognitive Style and Ideological Functioning
The Fear of Equality, R.E. Lane
Cognitive Style and Political Belief Systems in the British House of Commons, P.E. Tetlock
Part V. Challenges of Decision-Making
Contrasting Rational and Psychological Analyses of Political Choice, G.A. Quattrone and A. Tversky
The Drunkard's Search, R. Jervis
Part VI. Prejudice, Diversity, and Social Contact
A. Theories of Intergroup Relations in Society
The Social Identity Theory of Intergroup Behavior, H. Tajfel and J.C. Turner
The Role of Stereotyping in System-Justification and the Production of False Consciousness, J.T. Jost and M.R. Banaji
Social Dominance Theory: A New Synthesis, J. Sidanius and R. Pratto
B. The Enduring Problem of Racism
Group Conflict, Prejudice and the Paradox of Contemporary Racial Attitudes, L. Bobo
Is It Really Racism? The Origins of White Americans' opposition to race-targeted Policies, D.O. Sears, C. Van Laar, M. Carrillo, and R. Kosterman
Part VII. Conflict, Violence, and Political Transformation
A. The Social Psychology of Wrongdoing and Harm
Social Organization for the Production of Evil, J.M. Darley
The Psychology of Political Terrorism, M. Crenshaw
B. Protest and Revolution
Theoretical Approaches to Explaining Collective Political Violence, H. Eckstein
Politicized and Collectie Identity, B. Simon and B. Klandermans

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