Political Psychology in International Relations (Analytical by Rose McDermott

By Rose McDermott

This amazing ebook is the 1st to decisively outline the connection among political psychology and diplomacy. Written in a method available to undergraduates in addition to experts, McDermott's ebook makes an eloquent case for the significance of psychology to our realizing of worldwide politics.In the wake of September eleven, the yank public has been besieged with claims that politics is pushed via character. Saddam Hussein, Osama bin weighted down, Kim Chong-Il, Ayatollah Khameinei-America's political rogues' gallery is populated via members whose want for attractiveness supposedly drives their activities at the global level. How does character truly force politics? and the way is character, in flip, shaped through political setting? Political Psychology in diplomacy offers scholars and students with the analytical instruments they should resolution those urgent questions, and to evaluate their implications for coverage in a true and infrequently risky international.

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The same thing can be true of the sex of the interviewer. Women might be more likely to tell the truth about domestic abuse, for example, to another woman than to a man. Second, reference group effects can influence responses to questions. Religious or ethnic affiliation serve as reference groups that influence how certain questions are perceived or cue certain responses. A question about Catholics might be interpreted differently by a Catholic than by a Muslim. Third, priming effects from the television news can affect the way that people think about, respond to, and frame particular issues.

Those who had learned the preceding word pair were more likely to mention Tide as the detergent. When asked why they made that choice, none of the subjects attributed the choice to the earlier word pairing that they learned, and yet they were clearly influenced by it. Nisbett and Wilson (1977) argue that people do not introspect about the causes of their behavior so much as they apply theories of causality to it. They are accurate to the extent that the right cause is salient and theoretically probable, and inaccurate to the extent that causation is subtle or theoretically implausible.

Winter and his colleagues (1988) used content analysis to analyze a single individual: Richard Nixon. Content analysis sought to extract such psychological variables as use of imagery and needs for achievement, affiliation and intimacy, and power. Using Nixon's 1969 inaugural address, content analysis revealed that Nixon had a high need for achievement, a high Forms of Methodology in Political Psychology 33 need for affiliation, and an average need for power. Winter et al. (1988) validated these findings through a systematic analysis of Nixon's behavior as registered in the memoirs of six of his aids.

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