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The Psychology of Political Authority: A Causal Mechanism of Political Learning through Persuasion and Manipulation

Donald D. Searing
Political Psychology
Vol. 16, No. 4 (Dec., 1995), pp. 677-696
DOI: 10.2307/3791886
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3791886
Page Count: 20
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Abstract

I construct in this essay a social psychological explanation of a causal mechanism that is common in political life, particularly in the political life of politicians. The explanation consists of an interrelated set of rules about authority relationships between leaders and followers. These rules, which create a structure for political learning through persuasion and manipulation, are explicated with interview data on whips and backbenchers in the British House of Commons and explained by integrating rational with normative models of action.

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