- About the Contributors
- Introduction: Theoretical Foundations of Political Psychology
- Personality Approaches to Political Behavior
- Childhood and Adult Political Development
- Degrees of Rationality in Politics
- Behavioral Decision-Making
- Emotion and Political Psychology
- Toward an Evolutionarily Informed Political Psychology
- Genetic Foundations of Political Behavior
- Political Rhetoric
- Psychology and Foreign Policy Decision-Making
- Perceptions and Image Theory in International Relations
- Threat Perception in International Relations
- Crisis Management
- Personality Profiles of Political Elites
- Psychobiography: “the Child is Father of the man”
- Conflict Analysis and Resolution
- Political Information Processing
- Political Communication: Form and Consequence of the Information Environment
- Political Ideology
- Social Justice
- Networks, Interdependence, and Social Influence in Politics
- Political Deliberation
- From Group Identity to Political Cohesion and Commitment
- Social Movements and the Dynamics of Collective Action
- Prejudice and Politics
- Migration and Multiculturalism
- Discrimination <i>Conditions, Consequences, and “Cures”</i>
- The Psychology of Intractable Conflicts: Eruption, Escalation, and Peacemaking
Abstract and Keywords
This chapter addresses social influence in politics as it is realized among individuals who are located within networks of social interaction and communication. A series of issues is addressed: the problematic role of social communication in the realization of influence; the potential for self-selected patterns of association; the social contingencies operating on influence within dyads; the consequences of disagreement frequency within larger networks for influence within dyads; the role of social cognition in affecting patterns of influence; the multiple faces of influence for changes in attitudes, attitude strength, ambivalence, and more; the role of cognitive complexity in inhibiting influence; and the role of biology and personality in affecting who is influential and who is susceptible to influence.
Robert Huckfeldt is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at the University of California, Davis. He has written several books and a series of articles on the roles of social contexts and social networks for diffusion, persuasion, and conflict in politics.
James M. Benson Chair in Public Issues and Civic Leadership, Department of Political Science, University of Illinois
Assistant Professor of Political Science, Rice University
Matthew T. Pietryka is a lecturer and postdoctoral fellow at the University of California, Davis. He studies political communication and the role of social networks in political behavior.
Jack Reilly is a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science at the University of California, Davis. He studies social networks and political discussion, with a focus on the political behavior and communication patterns of socially isolated individuals.
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