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The Cognitive Revolution and the Political Psychology of Elite Decision Making


Emilie Marie Hafner-Burton


University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IRPS)

Alex Hughes


University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Political Science

David G. Victor


UC San Diego, IR/PS

July 3, 2012


Abstract:     
Growing experimental evidence in cognitive psychology and behavioral economics is shaping the way political science scholars think about how humans make decision in areas of high complexity, uncertainty and risk. Nearly all those studies utilize convenience samples of university students, but insights from that work may not be directly applicable to decisions that are made by political elites. We survey the nascent empirical literature on elite decision-making and look at six areas where the insights of cognitive psychology and behavioral economics are particularly relevant for political behavior and where evidence suggests that experienced elites differ from convenience samples. These differences suggest testable implications for theories of political decision making, which we illustrate in one major area of political science theory—crisis bargaining.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 62

Keywords: Political Psychology; Foreign Policy; Elites; Behavioral Economics; Crisis Bargaining

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Date posted: August 27, 2011 ; Last revised: July 5, 2012

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Hafner-Burton, Emilie Marie and Hughes, Alex and Victor, David G., The Cognitive Revolution and the Political Psychology of Elite Decision Making (July 3, 2012). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1917037 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1917037

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Emilie Marie Hafner-Burton (Contact Author)
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Graduate School of International Relations and Pacific Studies (IRPS) ( email )
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519
United States
HOME PAGE: http://irps.ucsd.edu/ehafner/
Alex Hughes
University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Department of Political Science ( email )
9500 Gilman Drive
Code 0521
La Jolla, CA 92093-0521
United States
David G. Victor
UC San Diego, IR/PS ( email )
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0519
United States
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