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Personality and the Foundations of Political Behavior

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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521140959

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  • Personality and the Foundations of Political Behavior is the first study in more than 30 years to investigate the broad significance of personality traits for mass political behavior. Drawing on the Big Five personality trait framework, Jeffery J. Mondak argues that attention to personality provides a valuable means to integrate biological and environmental influences in rich, nuanced theories and empirical tests of the antecedents of political behavior. Development of such holistic accounts is critical, Mondak contends, if inquiry is to move beyond simple “blank slate” environmental depictions of political engagement. Analyses examining multiple facets of political information, political attitudes, and participation reveal that the Big Five trait dimensions – openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and emotional stability – produce both direct and indirect effects on a wide range of political phenomena.

    • First book to apply the Big Five personality traits in research on politics
    • The first study in more than 30 years to investigate the broad significance of personality traits for mass political behavior
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    “When virtually all of his colleagues were still treating individual-level political traits as isolated phenomena, Jeff Mondak realized they were in fact intimately connected to larger life forces such as broad personality traits. This original and remarkably creative book makes it clear that the future of research on personality and politics lies not in shallow, speculative Freudian case studies but in objective, rigorous, large-N analyses. Research at the nexus of personality and politics is starting to gain momentum, thanks largely to Mondak’s leadership, and if this book does not significantly enhance that momentum by providing an empirical framework and by stimulating numerous new data-based studies, I will be both surprised and bitterly disappointed.”
    – John R. Hibbing, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

    “Mondak argues persuasively that traits shape political behavior. He provides an accurate and balanced account of recent progress in personality research and illustrates its application in his own work. This book – which should be read by sociologists, historians, and journalists as well as political scientists – is an important step in the integration of the social sciences.”
    – Robert McCrae, author of Personality in Adulthood: A Five-Factor Theory Perspective

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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521140959
    • length: 246 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.37kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 23 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Personality and politics
    2. The Big Five approach
    3. Measuring the Big Five
    4. Personality and political information
    5. Personality, attitudes, and political predispositions
    6. Personality and political participation
    7. The multiple bases of political behavior.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Forensic Psychology I & ll
    • Modern Political Concepts, Methods, and Analysis
    • Psychology and Politics
  • Author

    Jeffery J. Mondak, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
    Jeffery J. Mondak is James M. Benson Chair in Public Issues and Civic Leadership in the Department of Political Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is the author of Nothing to Read: Newspapers and Elections in a Social Experiment (1995) and co-editor of Fault Lines: Why the Republicans Lost Congress (2009). Professor Mondak's articles appear in outlets including the American Journal of Political Science, the British Journal of Political Science, Cognitive Brain Research, the Journal of Politics and Public Opinion Quarterly. He has received awards for his research from the American Association for Public Opinion Research, the American Political Science Association and the Midwest Political Science Association.

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