The Social Psychology of Politics / Edition 1

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Inspired by recent advances in the area of social psychology, researchers are rapidly developing realistic and detailed models of the psychological process that determines political judgements and behavior. Early attempts to merely predict political behavior have been replaced by an attempt to describe the actual process whereby individuals gather, interpret, exchange, and combine information to arrive at a political judgment or decision. This volume provides comprehensive coverage of this pioneering era of research in political psychology.

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Including the work of 23 contributors who have "... helped to maintain political psychology as a prominent field within social psychology," this text examines current theory and research in the areas of the psychological determinants of candidate evaluation and public opinion, and intra- and intergroup perspectives in collective political action. The last category includes papers on minority influence and political interest groups, political protest, and procedural/agenda effects on political decisions by small groups. The editors are affiliated with Loyola U. of Chicago, IL. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Part I: The Psychological Determinants of Candidate Evaluation. 1. The Psychological Determinants of Candidate Evaluation and Voting Preference; V.C. Ottati, et al. 2. Gender Stereotyping and Candidate Evaluation: Good News and Bad News for Women Politicians; L. Huddy, T. Capelos. 3. The Emotional Voter: Effects of Episodic Affective Reactions on Candidate Evaluation; L.M. Isbell, V.C. Ottati. 4. Visual Cues and the Candidate Evaluation Process; V.C. Ottati, M. Deiger. 5. Political Eloquence; D.C. O'Connell, S. Kowal.
Part II: Political Psychology and Public Policy. 6. The Psychological Determinants of Public Opinion; L. Skitka, E. Mullen. 7. The Role of Social Ideologies in Legitimizing Political Attitudes and Public Policy; F. Pratto, C. Cathey. 8. The Role of Science and Advocacy Regarding a Chronic Health Condition; L.A. Jason, et al.
Part III: Collective Political Action: Intra and Intergroup Perspectives. 9. Minority Influence and Political Interest Groups; C.M. Smith, P.J. Diven. 10. The Psychology of Collective Political Protest; D. Abrams, G.R. de Moura. 11. Procedural and Agenda Effects on Political Decisions by Small Groups; T. Kameda, et al.

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