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What shapes political behavior more: the situations in which individuals find themselves, or the internal psychological makeup-beliefs, values, and so on-of those individuals? This is perhaps the leading division within the psychological study of politics today. This text provides a concise, readable, and conceptually-organized introduction to the topic of political psychology by examining this very question. Using this situationism-dispositionism framework-which roughly parallels the concerns of social and cognitive psychology-this book focuses on such key explanatory mechanisms as behaviorism, obedience, personality, groupthink, cognition, affect, emotion, and neuroscience to explore topics ranging from voting behavior and racism to terrorism and international relations. Houghton's clear and engaging examples directly challenge students to place themselves in both real and hypothetical situations which involve intense moral and political dilemmas. This highly readable text will provide students with the conceptual foundation they need to make sense of the rapidly changing and increasingly important field of political psychology.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415990141
ISBN-10: 0415990149
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 18mm)
Pages: 296
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 15-Jan-2009
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - David Patrick Houghton

David Patrick Houghton is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Central Florida.

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