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
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
"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.
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