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1st Edition

The Psychology of Democracy

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ISBN 9780367898175
September 9, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
120 Pages

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Book Description

What is a democracy? Why do we form democratic systems? Can democracy survive in an age of distrust and polarization?

The Psychology of Democracy explains the psychological underpinnings behind why people engage with and participate in politics. Covering the influence that political campaigns and media play, the book analyses topical and real-world political events including the Trump administration, Brexit, the Arab Spring, and Gezi Park, taking the reader on a journey from engagement with a political news item all the way through to taking to the streets to protest government policy and action.

In an age of post-truth and populism, The Psychology of Democracy shows us how a strong and healthy democracy depends upon the feelings and emotions of its citizens, from trust, belonging, empowerment and representation, as much as on electoral processes.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

The Emotional Citizen

Chapter 2

Processing Political Communication

Chapter 3

Thinking About Politics

Chapter 4

Political Participation

Chapter 5

Understanding the Psychology of Contemporary Democracies

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Darren G. Lilleker is Associate Professor in Political Communication at Bournemouth University, UK, and author of Political Communication and Cognition.

Billur Aslan Ozgul is Lecturer in Political Communication at Brunel University, UK, and author of the book Leading Protests in the Digital Age: Youth Activism in Egypt and Syria.