Personality and the Challenges of Democratic Governance

How Unconscious Thought Influences Political Understanding

Authors: Dusso, Aaron

  • Utilizes the five-factor model of personality to examine the causes and roots of civic capacity
  • Breaks new ground for scholars of political participation and applied political psychology as well as those interested in improving civic discourse
  • Examines the effects of personality traits across a range of public policy issues
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This book examines how the five-factor model of personality (also known as the Big Five)—extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability/neuroticism, and openness to experience—influence individuals’ ability to understand and engage in four areas of civic life. First, it documents how personality influences individuals when connecting abstract concepts like liberal or conservative to specific public policy preferences. Second, it demonstrates how understanding basic political facts is often conditional on these traits. Third, it tests the role that personality plays in citizens’ capacity to fulfill the basic demands that democratic governance places on them, such as connecting their own policy preferences to the correct political party. Fourth, it reveals how personality traits can blind people to the role government plays in their lives, while simultaneously causing them to vilify more visible beneficiaries of government programs. Ultimately, this book will engage both scholars and civic-minded individuals interested in understanding the hidden factors driving political behavior.

About the authors

Aaron Dusso is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA. Dr. Dusso is also a core faculty member with the Indiana University Center for Civic Literacy. His previous work has been published in the journals Electoral Studies, Political Behavior, Political Research Quarterly, and Social Science Quarterly. 

Table of contents (6 chapters)

  • Democratic Demands and Citizen Capabilities

    Dusso, Aaron

    Pages 1-38

  • Ideological Cognitive Dissonance

    Dusso, Aaron

    Pages 39-65

  • Just the Facts: Citizen Issue Comprehension

    Dusso, Aaron

    Pages 67-86

  • Connecting Attitudes to Party Positions

    Dusso, Aaron

    Pages 87-107

  • Hidden State and the Punitive Public

    Dusso, Aaron

    Pages 109-128

Buy this book

eBook $99.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-53603-3
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $129.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-319-53602-6
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Personality and the Challenges of Democratic Governance
Book Subtitle
How Unconscious Thought Influences Political Understanding
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-53603-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-53603-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-53602-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 203
Number of Illustrations and Tables
6 b/w illustrations
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