Synopses & Reviews
Citizens and Politics: Perspectives from Political Psychology brings together some of the current research on citizen decision making. It addresses the questions of citizen political competence from different political psychology perspectives. Some of the authors in this volume look to affect and emotions to determine how people reach political judgments, others to human cognition and reasoning. Still others focus on perceptions or basic political attitudes such as political ideology. Several demonstrate the impact of values on policy preferences. The collection features chapters from some of the most talented political scientists in the country.
"...an excellent overview of the political psychology perspective. ...this collection demonstrates clearly where political psychology stands today, how it should proceed in the future, and why it is relevant to the discipline of political science." Journal of Politics
"The studies in this book are intended to represent the best of the marriage of modern psychological research and the analysis of public opinion formation and expression. Although technical, the writing is generally good, and the research seems indeed to be among the best empirical work being done in the area today. Recommended for graduate students, professionals, and research libraries." Choice
"James Kuklinski has assembled a remarkably valuable set of articles addressing the general question of citizens' political competence and political decision making.... if you are looking for the most innovative, cutting-edge articles on how citizens make sense of politics, there would be no better place to begin than this work." Perspectives on Politics
This volume brings together some of the research on citizen decision making.
Table of Contents
Prologue; 1. Political psychology and the study of citizens and politics James Kuklinski; Part I. Affect and Emotion: Section introduction James Kuklinski; 2. The role of affect in symbolic politics David O. Sears; 3. Emotions and politics: the dynamic functions of emotionality George E. Marcus and Michael B. MacKuen; 4. Cognitive neuroscience, emotion, and leadership Roger D. Masters; 5. Commentary: emotion as virtue and vice Gerald L. Clore and Linda M. Isbell; Part II. Political Cognition: Section introduction James Kuklinski; 6. An experimental study of information search, memory, and decision making during a political campaign Richard R. Lau and David P. Redlawsk; 7. Political accounts and attribution processes Kathleen M. McGraw; 8. The motivated construction of political judgments Charles S. Taber, Jill Glathar and Milton Lodge; 9. Commentary: on the dynamic and goal-oriented nature of (candidate) evaluations Sharon Shavitt and Michelle R. Nelson; Part III. Political Attitudes and Perceptions: Section introduction James Kuklinski; 10. Public opinion and democratic politics: the problem of nonattitudes and the social construction of political judgment Paul M. Sniderman, Phillip E. Tetlock and Laurel Elms; 11. Implications of a latitude-theory model of citizen attitudes for political campaigning, debate, and representation Gregory Andrade Diamond; 12. Where you stand depends on what you see: connections among values, perceptions of fact, and political prescriptions Jennifer L. Hochschild; 13. Commentary: the meaning of 'attitude' in representative democracies James H. Kuklinski and Jennifer Jerit; Part IV. Political Values: Section introduction James Kuklinski; 14. Social welfare attitudes and the humanitarian sensibility Stanley Feldman and Marco Steenbergen; 15. American individualism reconsidered Gregory B. Markus; 16. Political values judgments Laura Stoker; Commentary: the study of values Kenneth Rasinski; Commentary: the value of politics Melissa A. Orlie.