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date: 26 June 2022

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The chapter offers an overview and critical reflections on current approaches to the study of emotion and politics, highlighting both conceptual challenges and possibilities for integration. Approaches vary in the number of focal emotions and in how they differentiate among emotions or closely related “families” of emotion. The chapter reviews the antecedents and functions that have been posited to distinguish a number of common emotional states. It also surveys rapidly accumulating evidence of the myriad ways in which emotions influence attention, decision-making, attitudes, and action in the realm of politics. The chapter concludes with reflections on issues of theoretical testing and measurement, as well as on promising paths forward in the study of emotion and political psychology.

Keywords: emotion, affect, cognition, information processing, political behavior, political attitudes, neuroscience, appraisal, affective intelligence

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