thinking about political psychology
In this volume, political psychologists take a hard look at political psychology. They pose, and then address, the kinds of tough questions that those outside the ﬁeld would be inclined to ask and those inside should be able to answer satisfactorily. Not everyone will agree with the answers the authors provide, and insome cases, the best an author can do is offer well-grounded speculations. Nonetheless, the chapters raise questions that will lead to an improved political psychology and will generate further discussion and research in the ﬁeld. The individual chapters are organized around four themes. Part I tries to deﬁne political psychology and provides an overview of the ﬁeld. Part II raises questions abouttheory and empirical methods in political psychology. Part III contains arguments ranging from the position that the ﬁeld is too heavily psychological to the view that it is not psychological enough. Part IV considers how political psychologists might best connect individual-level mental processes to aggregate outcomes. James H. Kuklinski is a professor in the Department of Political Science andthe Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has served on the boards of the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Legislative Studies Quarterly, and Political Behavior, and he has published articles in these and other journals.
Cambridge Studies in Political Psychology andPublic Opinion General Editors James H. Kuklinski University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Dennis Chong Northwestern University Editorial Board Stanley Feldman, State University of New York, Stony Brook Roger D. Masters, Dartmouth College William J. McGuire, Yale University Norbert Schwarz, Zentrum für Umfragen, Methoden und Analysen ZUMA, Mannheim, FRG David O. Sears, University of California, LosAngeles Paul M. Sniderman, Stanford University and Survey Research Center, University of California, Berkeley James A. Stimson, University of North Carolina This series has been established in recognition of the growing sophistication in the resurgence of interest in political psychology and the study of public opinion. Its focus will range from the kinds of mental processes that people employwhen they think about democratic processes and make political choices to the nature and consequences of macrolevel public opinion. We expect that some of the works will draw on developments in cognitive and social psychology and relevant areas of philosophy. Appropriate subjects would include the use of heuristics, the roles of core values and moral principles in political reasoning, the effects ofexpertise and sophistication, the roles of affect and emotion, and the nature of cognition and information processing. The emphasis will be on systematic and rigorous empirical analysis, and a wide range of methodologies will be appropriate: traditional surveys, experimental surveys, laboratory experiments, focus groups, in-depth interviews, and others. We intend that these empirically orientedstudies will also consider normative implications for democratic politics generally. Politics, not psychology, will be the primary focus, and it is expected that most works will deal with mass publics and democratic politics, although work on nondemocratic publics will not be excluded. Other works will examine traditional topics in public opinion research, as well as contribute to the growingliterature on aggregate opinion and its role in democratic societies.
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thinking about political psychology
james h. kuklinski
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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