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Democracy in Global Context
Fathali M. Moghaddam
2008. 207 pages. Hardcover.
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ISBN 978-1-4338-0307-9 | Item 4317145
Edited by Alice H. Eagly, Reuben
M. Baron, and V. Lee Hamilton
2004. 308 pages. Paperback.
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ISBN 978-1-4338-0927-9 | Item 4318088
How do countries become dictatorships? What social, political, and
interpersonal dynamics create opportunities for despots to take and maintain
control? And how are dictatorships overthrown? Ever since World War II,
social scientists have recognized the crucial importance of these questions.
Yet despite the great strides made in our understanding of dictatorships, most
studies in this area are undertaken by academics in liberal democracies who
view totalitarian societies from the “outside in,” a perspective that has caused
researchers to ignore crucial elements of everyday life and to misunderstand
the role of ideology and brute force in totalitarian societies.
In this book, Fathali M. Moghaddam presents his “springboard model”
of dictatorship, derived from both a substantive analysis of the common
structures underlying dictatorial regimes and his own personal experience of
life in a modern dictatorship. He discusses the importance of psychological
processes such as displacement of aggression, conformity, obedience, fear,
and cognitive dissonance as tools that aid the development and maintenance of dictatorships, as well
as the crucial role of ideology in cementing the allegiance of elites. Since even democracies contain an
ever-shifting relationship between democratic and dictatorial tendencies, with elements that can pull
democracies back to dictatorship, this book has important implications for citizens of all nations, even
our own. 2013. 264 pages. Hardcover.
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Introduction | 1. Psychology and Dictatorship: The Historic and Contemporary Challenge | PART I: Psychology
and the Springboard Model of Dictatorship | 2. Explaining Dictatorship: What Kind of Psychological Science
is Needed? | 3. The Springboard Model of Dictatorship | PART II: Psychological Processes in Dictatorship:
The Historical Context | 4. Sacred Carriers and Narratives: Unraveling the Puzzle of Dictatorship Continuation |
5. Dictatorship, Displacement of Aggression, and Group Cohesion | 6. Conformity, Obedience, and Behavior
Regulation | 7. From Torture to Cognitive Dissonance: Varieties of Coercion in Dictatorship | 8. Leadership and
Dictatorship | 9. Cognition and Action Supportive of Dictatorship | 10. The Future of Dictatorship and Democracy
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THE PSYCHOLOGY OF DICTATORSHIP
Fathali M. Moghaddam
Edited by Phillip R.
Shaver and Mario Mikulincer
2010. 422 pages. Hardcover.
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ISBN 978-1-4338-0859-3 | Item 4318084