RC29 was originally recognised as study group in 1981 and granted research committee status in 1987 as "Psycho-Politics". Renamed in 2016 into "Political Psychology".


RC29 promotes the use of psychology in understanding political phenomena. A variety of perspectives are encouraged, including those found in psychoanalytic psychology, personality theory and social psychology. The committee aims to keep people informed in various parts of the world on the kind of research that is being done in countries and regions other than their own. Members study governmental institutions and international relations, though the emphasis is on political behaviour.