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Theories of Political Behavior

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The psychodynamics of decision-making form a basis to understand institutional functioning. Karl Deutsch, Rokeach, Nye, George, Adorno all come to mind. From Psychology Fromm, Bruno Bettelheim, and others have added significantly to understanding of power, sadism, and victims of the state.

Popularly political orientation is often thought to be genetic. There seem to be no academically respectable theorists who propound this view but it has long been wide spread in Western culture. There is, however, ample evidence that children most often develop a political orientation similar to their parents (but through socialization, not genetics).

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