Defining Political Psychology

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Defining Political psychology
As progressively more accepted interdisciplinary and multi-method approach, which has now become a need of time, for interpreting in detail political phenomena at individual-level, the rapidly growing field of political psychology has made significant strides in illuminating the processes that are hidden behind the political affiliations, attitudes, feelings, decision making, behavior and above all in the interaction among the individual and group. For this reason, it is in a exceptional position to perk up the explanatory power of research in both psychology and political science that surrounds the national and international relations that either directly or indirectly deals with the individual psychology.
In other words Political psychology does not only deals with psychology nor it is just political science; in its place, it is at the largest part and on a general level an application of what is known about the psychology of human to the study of politics.(Jervis, Huddy and Sears, 2003) Therefore it brings together multiple researchers as political scientists, sociologists, psychologists, communication researchers, educators, anthropologists and psychiatrists. The important thing that binds these researchers together is their common interest in explaining individual level political phenomena in different aspects of analysis like social or psychological.
Political psychology as a field emerged in late 1960’s which actually originated when there was an intense need to study leadership and mass political behavior, whereas later the field was broadened to the study of human intergroup relations, effects on their decision making and communication powers, political movements and mobilization. From the a...

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...ts their attitudes, behaviors and approaches towards the process of democracy. According to her findings, Young Australians do not trust unions developed by political parties and government because they feel themselves to be sufficiently empowered to influence the process of decision making
Henn (2002) conducted a research on “Youth and political participation in Britain” reports that young people actively and enthusiastically take interest in politics. The perception is absolutely incorrect that young people are apolitical. Though, political parties are accountable for not vigorously involving young people in politics. Based on the data collected he concludes that Parties do not give prominence to their opinions, suggestions as well as their difficulties problems. Which he claims to be the one reason that compels youth not to participate in politics actively.

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