Departmental Papers (ASC)

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Book Chapter

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The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior




This article discusses political psychology and choice, starting with an overview of the recent emphasis on the importance of emotion in understanding political choices. This is followed by a discussion of the research that deals with the ability of citizens to process information without any bias. It then highlights the contributions of methodological innovations to an understanding of political psychology. The article concludes with several reflections on the political psychologists' emphasis on the importance of information, cognition, and rationality in research for the past few decades.

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Political Psychology and Choice in The Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior, by Diana C. Mutz, edited Russell J. Dalton and Hans-Dieter Klingemann, 2007, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press.


political psychology, political choices, importance of emotion, methodological innovations



Date Posted: 15 March 2019