With a list of contributors that reads like a "Who's Who" of political psychology, this comprehensive volume introduces the major concepts, debates, and themes in the field and provides an overview of its intellectual development, its disparate parts, the major controversies and some suggestions for the future direction of the field.
"For those familiar with the field the book affords a valuable overview. For those who are new to the field it is an excellent introduction. Recommended for upper-division undergraduates and above."
"Political Psychology offers the reader a very valuable overview of the multi-faceted field of political psychology as it is currently practiced. It covers a wide spectrum of areas from the public to the private where a political psychology approach can vastly enhance our understanding of human behaviors. The well-known contributors from a variety of fields and theoretical orientations discuss the potentials as well as the limitations of this new field. The volume should prove valuable both for the novice unfamiliar with the field and those familiar with it but anxious to broaden their perspective."
—Roberta S. Sigel
Professor (Emerita), Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
"This book clearly and boldly maps out the realm of political psychology--its roots, its current scope, and its present and future contributions to understanding and resolving political problems. The essays are persuasive because the authors are leading political psychologists who write movingly about their life's work…an excellent, multi-faceted scholarly guide that provides the contexts, perspectives, and examples that students of political psychology need."
Professor of Political Science, University of Illinois at Chicago
"This volume contains essays by several of the leading figures in the development of the transdiscipline of political psychology. Together they paint a fascinating portrait of the intellectual crosscurrents from anthropology, sociology, and political theory that have shaped the way in which political scientists and psychologists have combined forces to analyze the exercise of power in human affairs from a psychological perspective….This book is indispensable for gaining a sophisticated appreciation of the past and future research agendas in this area of inquiry."
—Stephen G. Walker
Professor of Political Science, Arizona State University
"The scope, perspicuity, and maturity of these chapters make this book absolutely essential reading for all those with a serious interest in the field."
Professor of Psychology, University of California at Los Angeles
Contents: K.R. Monroe, Political Psychology: An Overview. Part I:Political Psychology: An Overview of the Field. M. Deutsch, C. Kinnvall, What Is Political Psychology? M.G. Hermann, Political Psychology as a Perspective in the Study of Politics. D. Ward, Political Psychology: Origins and Development. J.A. Krosnick, K.M. McGraw, Psychological Political Science Versus Political Psychology True to Its Name: A Plea for Balance. G.E. Marcus, Political Psychology: A Personal View. J.G. Stein, Political Learning and Political Psychology: A Question of Norms. Part II:Political Psychology in Relation to Other Fields. S.A. Renshon, Lost in Plain Sight: The Cultural Foundations of Political Psychology. M. Crenshaw, The Utility of Political Psychology. W. Doise, C. Staerklé, From Social to Political Psychology: The Societal Approach. D. Bar-Tal, The (Social) Psychological Legacy for Political Psychology. C.F. Alford, Group Psychology Is the State of Nature. Part III:Special Areas of Application. S. Jackman, P.M. Sniderman, Institutional Organization of Choice Spaces: A Political Conception of Political Psychology. H. Lavine, On-Line Versus Memory-Based Process Models of Political Evaluation. D.O. Sears, Long-Term Psychological Consequences of Political Events. L. Huddy, Crossing the Methodological and Disciplinary Divide: Political Stability, Political Change, and Research Method. R. Jervis, Signaling and Perception: Drawing Inferences and Projecting Images. Part IV:Focus on the Future. P. Suedfeld, Postmodernism, Identity Politics, and Other Political Influences in Political Psychology. S. Rosenberg, Reconstructing Political Psychology: Current Obstacles and New Directions. R.E. Lane, Turning Political Psychology Upside Down. D.G. Winter, An Intellectual Agenda for Political Psychology. K.R. Monroe, A Paradigm for Political Psychology.