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date: 13 June 2021

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This chapter focuses on the interplay between personality and politics. It first addresses current views of personality to provide the conceptual frame within which to address the role of personality in contemporary politics. After discussing the elements that contribute to assigning particular importance to personality in modern political discourse, it reviews the theoretical approaches to the study of personality and politics, reporting empirical evidence from several countries. In particular, it discusses the links between voters’ personality and political behavior, highlighting how different components of personality, like traits, values, and self-beliefs, may account for citizens’ political preferences and participation. Finally, it discusses the cognitive heuristics people may use to navigate through politics, focusing on the role of traits in organizing voters’ impressions of politicians’ personality.

Keywords: personality, traits, personal values, voting behavior, political participation, politicians’ personality

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