Political Psychology: The Promise of (and Impediments to) Synergistic Interdisciplinary Scholarship

Lindsey C. Levitan, Penny S. Visser, Susan T. Fiske

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The field of political psychology is currently flourishing, owing by and large to the strength it draws from its interdisciplinary nature. Interdisciplinary connections can generally be characterized as exportation: borrowing a principle from the other discipline while remaining steadfastly within one's own disciplinary paradigm. While exportation has yielded numerous important findings, political psychology stands to benefit the most from synergistic interdisciplinary connections. This chapter explores why genuine synergy has been so rare, and provides guidance for developing a synergistic interdisciplinary research agenda.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Political Psychology of Democratic Citizenship
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780199893904
ISBN (Print)9780195335453
StatePublished - Apr 1 2010

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology


  • Interdisciplinary research
  • Political psychology
  • Political science
  • Social psychology
  • Social science methodology


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