Political Psychology News September 2021


Dear members and friends of RC29. Please find below information you wanted to share in the field of political psychology. In the order I got your e-mails. I hope that I am complete. Please send me (paul.dekker@tilburguniversity.edu) more information. I will make a new overview in October. 


Irina Bondarevskaya:

IX International Seminar:




Will take place at the Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC) Psychology

Department, organized by

Prof. Andréia Giacomozzi, Florianópolis, Brazil

and coordinated by Center for Personal and Social Transformations,

Head of the Board Irina Bondarevskaya, Kyiv, Ukraine

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the seminar will be organized online.

The event date is October 29th, 2021.

The call for papers remains open until October 1st, 2021.

Reniewed information about this forthcoming 9th seminar Political and Economic Self-Constitution: Education for Digital Citizenship in Post-Pandemic Times It is posted here:



Kathrin Ackermann:

It might be interesting for our members that we have a Political Psychology Network in Germany, in which I am involved and that regularly organizes workshops. Maybe you can post our website: https://polpsynet.netlify.app/

I am happy to answer questions on the network.


Ofer Feldman:

Ofer Feldman (Doshisha University, Japan) announces his just-published edited book entitled When Politicians Talk: The Cultural Dynamics of Public Speaking (published by Springer, Singapore. DOI 10.1007/978-981-16-3579-3)


This book details the relationship between culture and the language used by politicians, political candidates, and government officials, in the broad context of political behavior and communication. Employing a variety of perspectives, theoretical, conceptual, methodological, and analytical approaches, chapters focus specifically on the question of HOW cultural factors (such as religion, history, economy, majority/minority relations, social structure, and values) shape the content, nature, and characteristics of the rhetoric that public figures utilize in selected countries in the Americas, Europe, Asia, Oceania, and the Middle East.


1 Introduction: Assessing Cultural Influences on Political Leaders’ Discourse, By Ofer Feldman

Part I Religion

2  Deep Culture: The Hebrew Bible and Israeli Political Speech, By Sam Lehman-Wilzig

3  Qur’anifying Public Political Discourse: Islamic Culture and Religious Rhetoric in Arabic Public Speaking, By Ali Badeen Mohammed Al-Rikaby, Thulfiqar Hussein Altahmazi, and Debbita Ai Lin Tan

4 The Role of Culture in Turkish Political Discourse: President Recep Tayyip Erdog ̆an and The Justice and Development Party, By Ays ̧e Deniz Ünan Göktan

5 The Symbolic Construction of a Messiah: Jair Bolsonaro’s Public, Christian Discourse, By Eduardo Ryô Tamaki, Ricardo Fabrino Mendonça, and Matheus Gomes Mendonça Ferreira

Part II History, Economy, Climate/Geography, and Majority/Minority Relations

6  Rationality and Moderation: German Chancellors’ Post-War Rhetoric, By Melani Schröter

7  Talking Politics: The Influence of Historical and Cultural Transformations on Polish Political Rhetoric, By Katarzyna Molek-Kozakowska and Agnieszka Kampka

8  A Tale of Two Prime Ministers: The Influence of Greek Culture in Post-Crises Political Speech, By Christos Kostopoulos

9  Rhetoric, Culture, and Climate Wars: A Discursive Analysis of Australian Political Leaders’ Responses to the Black Summer Bushfire Crisis, By Nicholas Bromfield, Alexander Page, and Kurt Sengul

10  The Core Socio-Cultural Building Blocks Underlying Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Speeches to the United Nations General Assembly, By Yuval Benziman

Part III Social Structure, Values, Popular and New-Culture Elements

11  The President as Macho: Machismo, Misogyny, and the Language of Toxic Masculinity in Philippine Presidential Discourse, By Gene Segarra Navera

12  Decoding Japanese Politicians’ Rhetoric: Socio-Cultural Features of Public Speaking, By Ofer Feldman

13  Culture and Politics in Contemporary China: A Cultural-Rhetorical Analysis of Xi Jinping’s Three Speeches in 2019, By Xing Lu

14  Popular Culture in the Service of Populist Politics in Spain: Pablo Iglesias’ Parliamentary Speech as Leader of the Podemos Party, By Francisco José Sánchez-García

15  Donald Trump: Dividing America Through New-Culture Speech, By Michael Alan Krasner

Part IV Cultural Convergence and Discourse Divergence

16 Commentary: Choice and Innovation in the Interaction of Political Discourse with Culture, By Richard Anderson



Laura Pérez Rastrilla:

I am sending you the references of my last publications, in case it could be of interest to the group. I am sorry that one of them is just in Spanish. Good news is that it is open access.  Regarding the one in English, about methodology, if you are interested or think it could have special use to any institution or researcher, please, let me know. I still have one of the copies at home that the publisher sent me to distribute.

  • 2021. “A proposal for a qualitative analysis of media discourse on the bombing of Yugoslavia”. Branislav Radeljic y Carlos González Villa (eds.) Researching Yugoslavia and its Aftermath. Cham: Springer
  • 2021. “Los rumores en la cobertura de conflictos armados: los medios de comunicación españoles durante el bombardeo de Yugoslavia en 1999”. Historia y Comunicación Social, vol. 26, 1, 131-141 https://revistas.ucm.es/index.php/HICS/article/view/75705


Deniz Ünan Göktan: 

I have listed my last publication and works in progress below. Currently I am not taking part in a conference /webinar organization, but will update if I take part in any academic event related to our research area. Also, one of my current work in progress is on media and consumption rather than political psychology.

Last publication

Ünan Göktan A.D. (2021) The Role of Culture in Turkish Political Discourse: President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and The Justice and Development Party. In: Feldman O. (eds) When Politicians Talk. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-3579-3_4

This chapter aims to illustrate how cultural elements influence the Justice and Development Party’s political discourse in Turkey, the driving force of its politicians’ speech. The JDP government raises concerns on undercutting inclusive institutions and undermining democratic values, but still remains the most influential actor in Turkish politics. This study focuses on President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s public speeches, populist and constructed through the center-periphery dichotomy, and it emphasizes respect for authority, modernization, nationalism, religion and secularism, as Turkey’s prominent cultural themes. To address the masses, the party revised its political-Islamist discourse that had reflected a subculture, to accord with mainstream cultural values –prioritizing development, integration with the world, and democracy. Government policies, including the ones that carry the risk of drifting the state towards authoritarianism, are introduced as liberating actions based on cultural values, and framed as manifestations and triumphs of the periphery’s masses.

Work in progress

Ünan Göktan, D. Understanding the political culture through televised political interviews in Turkey. In (O. Feldman ed.) Adversarial Political Interviewing: Worldwide Perspectives during Polarized Times. Springer Nature Singapore. 

This research focuses on Turkey and the interviews of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as the leader of the ruling Justice and Development Party. The primary aim of the study is to reveal the cultural dimensions of political communication. It explores the main communicative strategies adopted by the interviewer and the interviewee and identifies a particular political culture through televised conversations. A qualitative discourse analysis approach is adopted for the research. Interviews made in various television channels on different occasions (elections, particular events or political crisis), between 2001-2021 are selected by using a convenience sampling technique. These interviews are transcribed and thematically categorized. A conversation analytical approach is also adopted to have a clearer understanding of the communicative path between the interviewer and interviewee, and to identify how questions and answers are structured. 

Uslu, Tanyeri, Ünan Göktan, Deniz. A systematic literature review of SVoD media consumption. 

Subscription based video on demand (SVoD) platforms have been increasing rapidly while offering new pathways for cultural encounters and intersection points for global and local entertainment industries. Recent research on media consumption demonstrates the fact that subscription rates have been increasing dramatically as people have been more at home due to the Covid pandemic. Primary aims of our study are to explore the main thematic patterns that appear in the SVoD consumption research on a global scale, to address the main motivations of consumers for subscribing these platforms, to identify how cultural differentiations among countries are reflected to the overall research on SVoD consumption, and to point out the main gaps in the literature for putting forward a potential future research agenda.  



Frederico Castelo Branco: 

I would like to share my latest publication with colleagues of the Center for the study of Violence of the University of São Paulo.

Cubas, V. D. O., Castelo Branco, F., Oliveira, A. R. D., & Cruz, F. N. (2021). Predictors of self-legitimacy among military police officers in Sao Paulo, Brazil. POLICING-AN INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF POLICE STRATEGIES & MANAGEMENT.



Elena Shestopal:


Shestopal, Elena (ed.) (2019) Authorities and Leaders in Perception of Russian Citizens (1993–2018). Moscow, Ves Mir Publishers.


This book summarizes the studies of authorities’ and leaders’ images that authors have started in 1993 and continue today. This unique project as long as 25 years enabled to collect a huge volume of empiric data about the state of political mentality of Russian society. The book tackles in detail political perception in the period of Yeltsin’s rule (1991-2000), in the first two Putin’s republics(2000-2008), in Medvedev’s period (2008-2012) and in the third Presidency of Putin (2012-2018). In each stage the book analyses the context and the main tendencies of perception. These data have value in itself for political scientists who study post-Soviet Russia. But the authors do not restrict themselves to description of authorities’ and leaders’ images in citizens’ mentality. They search for the logic of their

transformation during a quarter of a century. The results of this study helped in a new way to formulate a number of complicated issues that are discussed in contemporary political theory, such as: a question of a character and perspectives of democratic transition in Russia, a problem of overcoming a value cleavage in post-Soviet society and many other important issues.

A quarter of a century of an included observation permitted authors to offer their own interpretation of a theory of political perception, to test original methodology of analysis of political mentality and to show the possible vectors of its’ further development. This study contributed to the formation of several generations of young political psychologists and a science school of the Chair of sociology and psychology of politics at the Department of

Political Science of Lomonosov Moscow State University.

A book is intended for academics in Political Science and Psychology for students and PD students, for everybody who is interested in the current political history of Russia.





Shestopal, Elena, Smulkina, Natalya. (2018) Factors of Perception of Post-Soviet Countries in Modern Society. Polis. Political Studies, 1, pp. 26–44. (In Russian). DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2018.01.03


Shetopal, Elena (2018) The image of Russia in contemporary Russian society: Political and psychological analysis. Politics, Culture and Socialization. Vol. 9, no. ½, pp. 65–88. DOI: 10.3224/pcs.v9i1-2.04




Shestopal, Elena (2019) Quarter-Century-Long Project: Study of the Images of Authorities and Leaders in Post-Soviet Russia (1993–2018). Polis. Political Studies, 1, pp. 9–20. (In Russian). DOI: 10.17976/jpps/2019.01.02


Shestopal, Elena, Vagina, Vera & Pass, Pavel (2019) New Trends of Russian Citizens’ Perception of Authorities. Politeia, 4, pp. 67–86. (In Russian). DOI: 10.30570/2078-5089-2019-95-4-67-86


Shestopal, Elena, Rogach, Nikolay (2020) Representations of an “Ideal” as a Factor of the Perception of a Political Leader in Reality. Polis. Political Studies, 4, pp. 166-180. (In Russian). https://doi.org/10.17976/jpps/2020.04.12


Shestopal, Elena (2021) Image of an Ideal Future: Russians’ Normative Concepts of Authorities. Tomsk State University Journal, 464, pp. 99–112. (In Russian). DOI: 10.17223/15617793/464/12



Sonja Zmerli:

Second revisited edition of our Germand Handbook will be published this year:

Zmerli, Sonja, Feldman, Ofer (eds.) (2021): Politische Psychologie. Handbuch für Studium und Wissenschaft. 2. aktualisierte und vollständig überarbeitete Auflage. (Political Psychology. Handbook for Studies and Science. 2nd updated and reviewed edition). Baden-Baden: Nomos.


From the RC33 newsletter:

Dear colleagues and friends:

The RC33 will meet on Sept 24, 16:30 Bucharest time (UTC+3) at the 7th international conference of political research SCOPE: Science of Politics.
You are all invited!

Join us simply going here:

Meeting ID: 861 4680 0273
Passcode: 660913

The event will begin with a brief but substantive talk by our former Chair Thibaud Boncourt on

“The future of the studies of political science as a discipline”

with response by our current Secretary Luciana Alexandra Ghica.
Then the floor will be open, and we will discuss projects, events, potential publications and more. The session will build on our business meeting at IPSA 2021, reviewing this document in advance might be useful.
More about SCOPE and its 2021 full academic programme: