1st Edition

Political Psychology Key Readings

Edited By John T. Jost, Jim Sidanius Copyright 2004
    512 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    512 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations
    by Psychology Press

    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.

    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


    John T. Jost, Jim Sidanius