Explorations in Political Psychology

Edited by Jon A. Krosnick, Tobias H. Stark, I-Chant A. Chiang

© 2016 – Psychology Press

352 pages

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About the Book

In recent decades, research in political psychology has illuminated the psychological processes underlying important political action, both by ordinary citizens and by political leaders. As the world has become increasingly engaged in thinking about politics, this volume reflects some exciting new work by political psychologists to understand the psychological processes underlying Americans’ political thinking and action.

The contributors are all world-class scholars who present new in-depth work exploring public opinion, social movements, attitudes toward affirmative action, the behavior of political leaders, the impact of the 9/11 attacks and of scientists’ statements about global warming and of gasoline prices. In addition, studies of attitude strength compare the causes and consequences of various strength-related constructs.

The volume will appeal to a wide range of researchers and students in political psychology and political science, and may be used as a text on upper-level courses requiring a scholarly and contemporary state-of-the-art review of many of the main issues in the field.

Table of Contents

Introduction, J.A. Krosnick, I-C. A. Chiang, T.H. Stark. Aspiration-Based Models of Politics, J.B. Bendor. Identity Threats and Identity Repairs: How Leaders Construe and Respond to Identity-Threatening Predicaments, R.M. Kramer. Toward a Social Psychology of Social Movements, D. J. McAdam. Experimental Political Philosophy: Justice Judgments in the Hypothetical Society Paradigm. J.G. Mitchell, P.E. Tetlock. "Forever Changed?": Some Surprising Findings About U.S. Public Opinion After the Attacks of 9/11/2001 on the U.S., R.K. Thomas , J.A. Krosnick, N.J. Shook. Racism, Complexity, and Affirmative Action, T.K. Vescio, A. Cuddy, F. Crosby. Attitude Importance and Attitude-Relevant Knowledge: Motivator and Enabler, P.S. Visser, J.A. Krosnick, C.J. Norris. The Origins of Policy Issue Salience: Personal and National Importance Impact on Behavioral, Cognitive, and Emotional Issue Engagement, J.M. Miller, J.A. Krosnick, L.R. Fabrigar. Presidential Approval and Gas Prices: Sociotropic or Pocketbook Influence?, L. Harbridge, J.A. Krosnick. Trust in Scientists’ Statements about the Environment and American Public Opinion on Global Warming, B. MacInnis, J.A. Krosnick. The Impact of Policy Change Threat on Financial Contributions to Interest Groups, J.M. Miller.

About the Editors

Jon Krosnick, Ph.D., is Frederic O. Glover Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences at Stanford University, Professor of Communication, Political Science, and Psychology, and Director of the Stanford Methods of Analysis Program in the Social Sciences. Author of four books and more than 140 articles and book chapters, Dr. Krosnick conducts research in three primary areas: (1) attitude formation, change, and effects, (2) the psychology of political behavior, and (3) the optimal design of questionnaires used for laboratory experiments and surveys, and survey research methodology more generally. Dr. Krosnick's scholarship has been recognized with the Phillip Brickman Memorial Prize for Research in Social Psychology, the Midwest Political Science Association's Pi Sigma Alpha Award, the Erik Erikson Early Career Award for Excellence and Creativity in Political Psychology, and a fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences.

About the Series

Frontiers of Social Psychology

Frontiers of Social Psychology is a new series of domain-specific handbooks. The purpose of each volume is to provide readers with a cutting-edge overview of the most recent theoretical, methodological, and practical developments in a substantive area of social psychology, in greater depth than is possible in general social psychology handbooks. The Editors and contributors are all internationally renowned scholars, whose work is at the cutting-edge of research.

Scholarly, yet accessible, the volumes in the Frontiers series are an essential resource for senior undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers, and practitioners, and are suitable as texts in advanced courses in specific sub-areas of social psychology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Government / National
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology