The Psychology of Politics

Author(s) : Barry Richards

The Psychology of Politics

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : February 2019
  • Cover : Paperback
  • Pages : 112
  • Category :
    Popular Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 94204
  • ISBN 13 : 9781138551701
  • ISBN 10 : 9781138551

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How do some political leaders capture popular support? What is the appeal of belonging to a nation? Can democracy thrive? The Psychology of Politics explores how the emotions which underpin everyday life are also vital in what happens on the political stage. It draws on psychoanalytic ideas to show how fear and passion shape the political sphere in our changing societies and cultures, and examines topical social issues and events including Brexit, the changing nature of democracy, activism, and Trump in America. In a changing global political climate, The Psychology of Politics shows us how we can make sense of what drives human conduct in relation to political ideas and action.

About the Author(s)

Barry Richards is Professor of Political Psychology at Bournemouth University. Previously he was Professor of Human Relations at the University of East London, where he led the establishment of teaching and research in psychosocial studies. Before that, he had been a clinical psychologist in the NHS. Amongst his books are Images of Freud: Cultural Responses to Psychoanalysis (1984), Disciplines of Delight: The Psychoanalysis of Popular Culture (1994), and Emotional Governance: Politics, Media and Terror (2007).

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