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Understanding the psychological appeal of populism

Obradović, Sandra ORCID: 0000-0001-7930-3909, Power, Séamus A. and Sheehy-Skeffington, Jennifer ORCID: 0000-0003-0372-4867 (2020) Understanding the psychological appeal of populism. Current Opinion in Psychology, 35. 125 - 131. ISSN 2352-250X

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2020.06.009


Psychology can play an important role in expanding our understanding of the demand-side of populism by revealing its underlying relational logic. Social psychological perspectives on populism are beginning to show how: 1) the division between us (‘the good people’) and them (‘the corrupt elites’/’foreign others’) taps into core intergroup dynamics, 2) economic and cultural processes are construed in terms of basic status concerns, and 3) collective emotions become mobilised through political communication. Taking these insights into consideration, we reflect on psychology's contribution to the study of populism thus far, and chart out an ambitious role for it at the heart of this interdisciplinary field.

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Additional Information: © 2020 Elsevier Ltd
Divisions: Government
Psychological and Behavioural Science
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
J Political Science > JC Political theory
Date Deposited: 03 Sep 2020 12:54
Last Modified: 19 Jul 2024 06:48

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