Political Psychology in the Age of Trump

Political Psychology in the Age of Trump

[CANCELLATION COVID-19] Event cancelled because of the actual sanitory crisis caused by the coronavirus

Guest : Jeffery Mondlak (University of Illinois)

 

President Donald Trump has been criticized on numerous grounds, political psychologists perhaps should cheer Trump for his revitalization of their field. Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president in 2016, his tenure in office, and his ongoing 2020 reelection campaign have raised multiple important questions. These questions invite the scrutiny of political psychologists. In this lecture, three broad questions will be examined. First, what does Donald Trump’s success imply for inquiry regarding the psychology of leadership? Do prominent theoretical frameworks such as Barber’s “presidential character” approach and the “dark triad” model provide useful insights on the implications of a Trump presidency? Second, what perspective best accounts for Donald Trump’s electoral success? Should Trump be viewed as a populist leader, a figure who tapped into authoritarian sentiment, someone who capitalized on generic racial and class-based divides, or something else? Third, what does the Trump era suggest regarding citizen competence? In the United States, partisan polarization abounds, the mass public faces an information environment often dominated by false and misleading claims, and the capacity of citizens to reach well-ground political judgments is in doubt. How should political psychologists approach these concerns, and what substantive contributions should political psychologists strive to offer?




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