Nathan Leites and Political Psychology

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 936–937. Reviews the book, Psychopolitical Analysis: Selected Writings of Nathan Leites edited by Elizabeth Wirth Marvick (1977). Leites belongs among a small group, of which Harold Lasswell is the most prominent, who not only pioneered in political psychology in that they drew attention to an action-filled borderland between psychology-psychiatry and the social sciences, but actually made important substantive contributions in the area. In this volume, there are good brief examples of Leites's contributions. His studies of French and Russian political culture are represented. They accent a perspective on politics that emphasizes elite socialization and the subsequent impact of values absorbed in childhood on adult political behavior. There are also excerpts from Leites's efforts to move to policy recommendations, especially in reports to the Rand Corporation, where he has been employed at various times. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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