Political Psychology in International Relations: Beyond the Paradigms

Posted: 17 Jun 2018

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Joshua D. Kertzer

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Political Science

Dustin H. Tingley

Harvard University - Department of Government

Date Written: May 2018

Abstract

Political psychology in international relations (IR) has undergone a dramatic transformation in the past two decades, mirroring the broader changes occurring in IR itself. This review examines the current state of the field. We begin by offering a data-driven snapshot analyzing four years of manuscript classifications at a major IR journal to characterize the questions that IR scholars engaged in psychological research are and are not investigating. We then emphasize six developments in particular, both present-day growth areas (an increased interest in emotions and hot cognition, the rise of more psychologically informed work on public opinion, a nascent research tradition we call the first image reversed, and the rise of neurobiological and evolutionary approaches) and calls for additional scholarship (better integration of the study of mass and elite political behavior and more psychological work in international political economy). Together, these developments constitute some of the directions in which we see the next generation of scholarship heading.

Suggested Citation

Kertzer, Joshua D. and Tingley, Dustin H., Political Psychology in International Relations: Beyond the Paradigms (May 2018). Annual Review of Political Science, Vol. 21, pp. 319-339, 2018. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3197089 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1146/annurev-polisci-041916-020042

Joshua D. Kertzer (Contact Author)

Ohio State University (OSU) - Department of Political Science ( email )

Columbus, OH 43210
United States

Dustin H. Tingley

Harvard University - Department of Government ( email )

1737 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
United States

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