The Psychology of Politics

Authors: Richards, B.

Publisher: Routledge

Place of Publication: London

This book offers a concise and readable account of some key ideas from psychology which are essential tools for those wanting to understand contemporary politics. It shows how the emotions which underpin everyday life are also vital in what happens on the political stage. It draws heavily, though not exclusively, on ideas from contemporary psychoanalysis, yet also makes sure that it takes account of the profound changes which are taking place in our societies and cultures. In this way it links our knowledge of the unchanging aspects of human nature with an understanding of how different societal contexts produce different kinds of people. While based in a long tradition of scholarship and critical commentary, it sets out a number of original terms and concepts, and offers a new theoretical synthesis for studying the psychology of politics.

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