Explorations in Political Psychology

Explorations in Political Psychology

Duke Studies in Political Psychology

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Book Pages: 496 Illustrations: Published: June 1993

European Studies > Eastern Europe and Russia, Politics > Political Theory

Mapping the territory where political science and psychology intersect, Explorations in Political Psychology offers a broad overview of the the field of political psychology—from its
historical evolution as an area of inquiry to the rich and eclectic array of theories, concepts, and methods that mark it as an emerging discipline.
In introductory essays, editors Shanto Iyengar and William J. McGuire identify the points of exchange between the disciplines represented and discuss the issues that make up the subfields of political psychology. Bringing together leading scholars from social psychology and political science, the following sections discuss attitude research (the study of political attitudes and opinions); cognition and information-processing (the relationship between the structures of human information-processing and political and policy preferences); and decision making (how people make decisions about political preferences).
As a comprehensive introduction to a growing field of interdisciplinary concern, Explorations in Political Psychology will prove a useful guide for historians, social psychologists, and political scientists with an interest in individual political behavior.

Contributors. Stephen Ansolabehere, Donald Granberg, Shanto Iyengar, Robert Jervis, Milton Lodge, Roger D. Masters, William J. McGuire, Victor C. Ottati, Samuel L. Popkin, William M. Runyan, David O. Sears, Patrick Stroh, Denis G. Sullivan, Philip E. Tetlock, Robert S. Wyer, Jr.


“An excellent demonstation of conceptual and methodological linkages between social science disciplines. It is adventerous in suggesting new paths for interdisciplinary studies. This text is a definite contribution to knowledge concerning struggles with a common set of problems and overcoming differences in conceptual structures.” — Steven Puro, Perspectives on Political Science

"Explorations in Political Psychology provides a much-needed framework for organizing the multi-disciplinary, multi-method research that characterizes the field of political psychology. The authors have also assembled some of the best examples of that research. The volume is equally useful to the beginning student and the advanced researcher." — Gregory Markus, University of Michigan

"This book will be indispensable to any serious student of political psychology. The editors, themselves among the most prominent schoalrs in the field, have brought together a first-rate lineup of authors. Not only are the chapters comprehensive, but they offer [many] ideas for future research. More than anything else, this reader says that political psychology has a bright future." — James H. Kuklinski, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


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Shanto Iyengar is Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Los Angeles.

William J. McGuire is Professor of Psychology at Yale University.

Table of Contents Back to Top
List of Tables and Figures vii

Acknowledgments xi

I. Interdisciplinary Cross-Fertilization

1. An Overview of the Field of Political Psychology / Shanto Iyengar 3

2. The Poly-Psy Relationship: Three Phases of a Long Affair / William J.McGuire 9

3. Psychohistory and Political Psychology: A Comparative Analysis / William McKinley Runyan 36

II. Attitudes and Behavior

4. Political Perception / Donald Granberg 70

5. Symbolic Politics: A Socio-Psychological Theory / David O. Sears 113

6. Nonverbal Behavior and Leadership: Emotion and Cognition in Political Information Processing / Roger D. Masters and Denis G. Sullivan 150

7. The Psychology of Group Conflict and the Dynamics of Oppression: A Social Dominance Perspective / James Sidanius 183

III. Information Processing and Cognition

8. Inside the Mental Voting Booth: An Impression-Driven Process Model of Candidate Evaluation / Milton Lodge and Patrick Stroh 225

9. Political Information Processing / Robert S. Wyer, Jr., and Victor C. Ottati 264

10. Affect and Political Judgment / Victor C. Ottati and Robert S. Wyer, Jr. 296

IV. Decision Making and Choice

11. Information and Electoral Attitudes: A Case of Judgment Under Uncertainty / Stephen Ansolabehere and Shanto Iyengar 321

12. The Drunkard's Search / Robert Jervis 338

13. Decision Making in Presidential Primaries / Samuel L. Popkin 361

14. Cognitive Structural Analysis of Political Rhetoric: Methodological and Theoretical Issues / Philip E. Tetlock 380

References 407

Index 467

Contributors 483
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