politics

The lines from Gilbert and Sullivan – ‘That every boy and every gal/That’s born into the world alive/Is either a little Liberal/Or else a little Conservative!’ – highlight a fundamental issue for psychologists in exploring psychological processes underpinning our political...

I was intrigued by the ending to Charles Mercer’s ‘Politics and psychology’ letter (July 2017). Yes, politics and psychology are different, but so are sport and psychology and it is...

Just how immersed are the hearts of our political leaders in the quest to transform the mental state of the nation after 8 June 2017? After all, this opportunity to influence the nation’s mental health and wellbeing is arguably unprecedented on at least two counts. First, in...

Announcing the UK General Election, Prime Minister Theresa May accused her opponents of ‘political gameplaying’ and said that she was ‘reluctantly’ calling the vote in an attempt to ‘guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead’. For some, this didn’t sound like the...

Ashley Weinberg (University of Salford) had a tough job in his Student Conference keynote. In the age of austerity, a time when it seems that the UK government does not care about the wellbeing of its citizens, and at a conference where many speakers presented a picture of...

Democracy needs people. Democracy also needs space. It can seem that everywhere we turn we bump into images and sounds of characters playing out their political lives on a stage, yet that stage belongs to all of us. We elect politicians to do the job on our behalf, yet there...

The first danger to democracy, evident for decades, is that it is at risk of withering as voter turnout at general elections in many countries declines, from 84 per cent in Britain in 1950 to 66 per cent in 2015. Secondly, and probably partly responsible for this, there has...

Jonathan Haidt is a social psychologist and Professor of Ethical Leadership at New York University's Stern School of Business. Our editor spoke to him at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.

I have just come from the conference and...

On publishing part one of our Brexit opinion special, we received several more contributions, which we publish here. 

We would be happy to run a 'part three': get in touch on...