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April 17, 2024

Left and right's climate support affected differently by cost increase

Sofia Henriks As climate policy costs rise, right-leaning voters experience cognitive dissonance. As a result, Sofia Henriks writes, they lower their worries about climate impact when there is an increase in private costs. But what about the left-leaning voters? Read more
November 30, 2023

🔮 Populist voters are unhappy – and this has consequences for populism research

Annika Lindholm Do people support populism and nativism because they are simply unhappy with their lives? Annika Lindholm and Lauri Rapeli call for more overarching psychological approaches to understanding the appeal of right-wing populism. They suggest bringing subjective well-being into populism research Read more
November 27, 2023

The EU's approach to Western and Eastern European collective memory

Francesco Spera The European Union has built its normative concepts on Europe's postwar consensus, focusing in particular on Holocaust trauma. But Francesco Spera argues that through past and future enlargements, it is also adapting to Eastern European states' mnemonic paths as they move away from their communist histories Read more
April 1, 2022

The psychology of war: analysing Putin's motivations

Consuelo Thiers Understanding political leaders' psychology is crucial to making sense of foreign policy decision-making processes. Consuelo Thiers highlights Putin's change of beliefs as a key factor in explaining his decision to wage war against Ukraine Read more
December 21, 2020

Brexit and depression: the politics of mental health

Luca Bernardi Luca Bernardi and Robert Johns explore whether clinical depression may have contributed to Brexit. The striking evidence of depression influencing political attitudes suggests that connections between the two should be more thoroughly explored, especially as they show the potential to breed political alienation Read more

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