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 in some 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 about theory 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 and the 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 and Public 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, Los