1st Edition

The Psychology of Politics

ISBN 9781138551701
Published April 15, 2019 by Routledge
112 Pages

USD $14.95

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Book Description

How do some political leaders capture popular support? What is the appeal of belonging to a nation? Can democracy thrive?

The Psychology of Politics explores how the emotions which underpin everyday life are also vital in what happens on the political stage. It draws on psychoanalytic ideas to show how fear and passion shape the political sphere in our changing societies and cultures, and examines topical social issues and events including Brexit, the changing nature of democracy, activism, and Trump in America.

In a changing global political climate, The Psychology of Politics shows us how we can make sense of what drives human conduct in relation to political ideas and action.

Table of Contents

1. The heart of politics  2. Leaders  3. Nations  4. Ideologies  5. Prospect  Further Reading  Notes  References

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Barry Richards is Professor of Political Psychology in the Faculty of Media and Communication at Bournemouth University.


"Richards (Bournemouth Univ.) has developed an interesting short book that examines the many facets of political activity through the psychoanalytic lens, explaining how such a perspective illuminates the behavior of people acting within a political community."

- D. J. Winchester, Columbia University, CHOICE Reviews, Highly Recommended

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