Political psychology

James Walter, Paul 't Hart

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Political psychology, foreshadowed in the 1930s (Lasswell 1930), emerged as a distinct sub-field of political science in the mid-1970s in the United States, although its intellectual roots are commonly traced back centuries to early French crowd psychologists such as Tarde and LeBon (van Ginneken, 1992). Its emergence in modern form, with the application of formal psychological theory to politics, dates from the early 20th century, with Sigmund Freud (1927, 1930), but was also impelled by founders of the new discipline of political science, such as Graham Wallas (1908).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Australian Study of Politics
EditorsR.A.W. Rhodes
Place of PublicationBasingstoke UK
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780230296848
ISBN (Print)9780230201033
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes

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