Political psychology is a dynamic subfield at the intersection of psychology and political science. The specific relationship between politics and social psychology has been steadily evolving in recent years, making it a compelling and exciting area of study. The chapters in this reader were written by leading scholars in the areas of political science and social psychology. Both contemporary and classic articles are compiled, demonstrating the ever-changing nature of political psychology and offering comprehensive coverage of social psychological research into the processes that have governed local and global affairs in the postmodern world. Topics covered include authoritarianism, political leadership, public opinion, decision-making, prejudice, intergroup relations, terrorism, and revolution.

chapter |18 pages

Political Psychology: An Introduction

ByJohn T. Jost, Jim Sidanius

part 1|14 pages

Historical Introduction

chapter 1|11 pages

The Poly-Psy Relationship: Three Phases of a Long Affair

ByWilliam J. McGuire

part 2|102 pages

Personality and Politics

chapter 2|30 pages

The Authoritarian Personality and the Organization of Attitudes

ByRoger Brown

chapter 3|16 pages

Threat and Authoritarianism in the United States, 1978-1987

ByRichard M. Doty, Bill E. Peterson, David G. Winter

chapter 4|23 pages

The Other "Authoritarian Personality"

ByBob Altemeyer

chapter 5|16 pages

Can Personality and Politics Be Studied Systemaically?

ByFred I. Greenstein

part 3|42 pages

Mass Media and Candidate Perception

chapter 7|11 pages

Experimental Demonstrations of the "Not-So-Minimal" Consequences of Television News Programs

ByShanto Iyengar, Mark D. Peters, Donald R. Kinder

chapter 8|13 pages

Altering the Foundations of Support for the President Through Priming

ByJon A. Krosnick, Donald R. Kinder

part 4|64 pages

Ideology and Public Opinion

chapter 10|19 pages

The Nature of Belief Systems in Mass Publics

ByPhilip E. Converse

chapter 11|17 pages

The Origins and Meaning of Liberal/Conservative Self-Identifications

ByPamela Johnston Conover, Stanley Feldman

chapter 12|13 pages

The Fear of Equality

ByRobert E. Lane

part 5|30 pages

Challenges of Decision-Making

chapter 14|15 pages

Contrasting Rational and Psychological Analysis of Political Choice

ByGeorge A. Quattrone, Amos Tversky

chapter 15|12 pages

The Drunkard's Search

ByRobert Jervis

part 6|108 pages

Prejudice, Diversity, and Social Contact

chapter 16|18 pages

The Social Identity Theory of Intergroup Behavior

ByHenri Tajfel, John C. Turner

chapter 17|21 pages

The Role of Stereotyping in System-Justification and the Production of False Consciousness

ByJohn T. Jost, Mahzarin R. Banaji

chapter 18|18 pages

Social Dominance Theory: A New Synthesis

ByJim Sidanius, Felicia Pratto

chapter 20|21 pages

Is It Really Racism? The Origins of White Americans' Opposition to Race-Targeted Policies

ByDavid O. Sears, Colette Van Laar, Mary Carrillo, Rick Kosterman

part 7|88 pages

Conflict, Violence, and Political Transformation

chapter 21|28 pages

Social Organization for the Production of Evil

ByJohn M. Darley

chapter 22|21 pages

The Psychology of Political Terrorism

ByMartha Crenshaw

chapter 23|17 pages

Theoretical Approaches to Explaining Collective Political Violence

ByHarry Eckstein

chapter 24|18 pages

Politicized Collective ldentity A Social Psychological Analysis

ByBernd Simon, Bert Klandermans