Buy The Political Brain - by Drew Westen (Paperback) in United States -

The Political Brain - by Drew Westen (Paperback)

CTNR803897 09781586485733 CTNR803897

Tribeca Living

Tribeca Living
2025-05-18 USD 16.96

$ 16.96 $ 17.48

Item Added to Cart

*Product availability is subject to suppliers inventory

The Political Brain - by  Drew Westen (Paperback)
The Political Brain - by  Drew Westen (Paperback)
The Political Brain - by  Drew Westen (Paperback)
The Political Brain - by  Drew Westen (Paperback)
The Political Brain - by  Drew Westen (Paperback)
The Political Brain - by  Drew Westen (Paperback)
Number of Pages: 496
Genre: Political Science
Sub-Genre: Political Process
Format: Paperback
Publisher: PublicAffairs
Age Range: Adult
Book theme: Campaigns & Elections
Author: Drew Westen
Language: English

About the Book

In this groundbreaking investigation into the role of emotion in deciding the life of the nation, Westen looks at data across several presidential elections, examines the evidence of emotion in driving voting behavior, and provides a clinical view of various campaigns.

Book Synopsis

The Political Brain is a groundbreaking investigation into the role of emotion in determining the political life of the nation. For two decades Drew Westen, professor of psychology and psychiatry at Emory University, has explored a theory of the mind that differs substantially from the more dispassionate notions held by most cognitive psychologists, political scientists, and economists -- and Democratic campaign strategists. The idea of the mind as a cool calculator that makes decisions by weighing the evidence bears no relation to how the brain actually works. When political candidates assume voters dispassionately make decisions based on the issues, they lose. That's why only one Democrat has been re-elected to the presidency since Franklin Roosevelt -- and only one Republican has failed in that quest.

In politics, when reason and emotion collide, emotion invariably wins. Elections are decided in the marketplace of emotions, a marketplace filled with values, images, analogies, moral sentiments, and moving oratory, in which logic plays only a supporting role. Westen shows, through a whistle-stop journey through the evolution of the passionate brain and a bravura tour through fifty years of American presidential and national elections, why campaigns succeed and fail. The evidence is overwhelming that three things determine how people vote, in this order: their feelings toward the parties and their principles, their feelings toward the candidates, and, if they haven't decided by then, their feelings toward the candidates' policy positions.

Westen turns conventional political analyses on their head, suggesting that the question for Democratic politics isn't so much about moving to the right or the left but about moving the electorate. He shows how it can be done through examples of what candidates have said -- or could have said -- in debates, speeches, and ads. Westen's discoveries could utterly transform electoral arithmetic, showing how a different view of the mind and brain leads to a different way of talking with voters about issues that have tied the tongues of Democrats for much of forty years -- such as abortion, guns, taxes, and race. You can't change the structure of the brain. But you can change the way you appeal to it. And here's how

About the Author

Drew Westen received his B.A. at Harvard, an M.A. in Social and Political Thought at the University of Sussex (England), and his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan, where he subsequently taught for six years. For several years he was Chief Psychologist at Cambridge Hospital and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School. He is a commentator on NPR's All Things Considered and lives in Atlanta.

Related Products

See More

You May Also Like

See More