The Psychology of Political Polarization
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The Psychology of Political Polarization was inspired by the notion that to understand the momentum of radical political movements, it is important to understand the attitudes of individual citizens who support such movements.
Leading political psychologists have contributed to this important book, in which they share their latest ideas about political polarization; a complex phenomenon that cannot be traced back to a single cause, and that is associated with intolerance, overconfidence, and irrational beliefs. The book explores the basis of political polarization as being how citizens think and feel about people with a different worldview, how they perceive minority groups, and how much they trust leaders and experts on pressing societal issues such as climate change, health, international relations, and poverty. The chapters are organized into two sections that examine what psychological processes and what social factors contribute to polarization among regular citizens. The book also describes practical strategies and interventions to depolarize people.
The book offers a state-of-the-art introduction to the psychology of political polarization which will appeal to academic market and political professionals.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. The Psychology of Political Polarization: An Introduction
Jan-Willem van Prooijen
Section 1 –Underlying Processes of Political Polarization
Chapter 2. When Do Psychological Differences Predict Political Differences? Engagement and the Psychological Bases of Political Polarization
Chapter 3. The Political Mindset of Supporters of Radical and Populist Parties
Alain van Hiel, Jasper van Assche, & Tessa Haesevoets
Chapter 4. A Psychological Profile of Extreme Trump Supporters
Laura Kinsman & Jeremy Frimer
Chapter 5. The Impact of Relational Goals on Political Polarization
Section 2 – The Social Context of Political Polarization
Chapter 6. Support for Populist Parties: Economic Deprivation, Cultural Backlash, or Status Anxiety?
Jolanda Jetten & Frank Mols
Chapter 7. The Agreement Paradox: How Pressures to Agree with Others Ultimately Cause More Societal Division
Lucian Gideon Conway, III, Shannon C. Houck, Linus Chan, Meredith Repke, & James McFarland
Chapter 8. Converging Moral Views in Social Networks and its Impact on Protest Violence Marlon Mooijman
Chapter 9. Can the Partisan Divide in Climate Change Attitudes be Bridged? A Review of Experimental Interventions
Jacob B. Rode & Peter H. Ditto
Jan-Willem van Prooijen is Associate Professor of Psychology at VU Amsterdam, and senior researcher at the NSCR. His main research interests are political polarization, conspiracy theories, and unethical behaviour.