politics

Back to the ballot box
Our journalist Ella Rhodes meets researchers in psychology and politics in search of answers to voter apathy

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For some time now, scholars and the public alike have bemoaned a sharp change in the way politics is lived by citizens (especially in the Western democracies). With politicians of all hues generally sharing a liberal market consensus, it can be hard to distinguish between the...

Strong and fair leadership is vital in a democracy. Psychologists know a considerable amount about developing people in their jobs in order to give the best chance of this (cf. Aguinas & Kraiger, 2009), yet we have had remarkably little to say about some of the most...

Newcomers to any role have to manage a transition, and how they do this is a fascinating topic for us psychologists. Members of Parliament surely have one of the swiftest transitions in being expected to perform their role competently, and under intense scrutiny. From day one...

When most people think of a healthy democracy they imagine, in Abraham Lincoln’s phrase, a government ‘of the people, by the people, for the people’. But that is only possible if the people get involved, and right now, it seems, more and more of us are sick and tired of...

Rhetorical techniques used by politicians to invite audience applause were the focus of intensive research by Max Atkinson (e.g., Atkinson, 1984).    Just as conversationalists take it in turn to speak, so he argued do speakers and their audiences, although audience “turns”...