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Political Psychology

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Political psychology is the application of the tools of psychology to the realm of politics. Specifically, political psychology usually takes what is known in this behavioral discipline and attempts to explain the political behavior of various actors or events using scientific method. This is accomplished by establishing or manipulating a set of variables that facilitate the study of the actor or event. There is an International Society of Political Psychology, and a dominant journal specializing in the field: Political Psychology.

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