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Examining the forces that compel political conduct: The SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior

July 20, 2017

What fuels government leaders and constituents into political action, such as attacking the media or marching and protesting, and how do these acts influence political outcomes and public policy debates? What makes democracy appealing to one society and socialism appealing to the country next door? As political passions and polarization escalate, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior launches an exploration into the intersections of psychology, political science, sociology, and human behavior.

A two-volume set, The SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior includes 365 entries from authors from many different educational, professional, and geographical backgrounds. The entries cover classic topics, such as dictatorship and feminism, as well as newer topics, such as the International Criminal Court and “Do No Harm” as a code of action.

“This encyclopedia plays an important part in spreading knowledge about how people behave in the political domain,” writes Dr. Fathali M. Moghaddam, editor, professor, and director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science at Georgetown University. “I strongly believe in the dictum that knowledge is power, and that by spreading knowledge more broadly, we are also spreading power more evenly, giving the general public greater opportunities to participate in political processes and influence the most important political decisions.”

This multi-disciplinary text covers topics such as voting patterns, security and terrorism, and the impact of early childhood development on political beliefs, among many others. It also addresses numerous topics of interest in fields beyond either psychology or political science, with implications, for instance, for business and management. 

Dr. Moghaddam continued, “The encyclopedia serves as part of a larger effort to strengthen civic and political education in an effort to support movement toward democracy and openness.”

The text comes with a Reader’s Guide, which groups entries based on specific topics. Each entry includes a “See also” list, which allows the reader to examine a topic in greater depth, and concludes with a section on “Further Readings”. Learn more about The SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior by visiting its website.

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SAGE Encyclopedia of Political Behavior

May 2017                                    1,024 pages

ISBN: 978-1-4833-9116-8            Hardcover Price: $395.00

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Sara Miller McCune founded SAGE Publishing in 1965 to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community. SAGE is a leading international provider of innovative, high-quality content publishing more than 1,000 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. Our growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company’s continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC and Melbourne. 


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