I recently had the pleasure to co-write a book chapter with Professor Joseph P. Forgas (University of New South Wales). In the chapter titled Understanding populism: Collective narcissism and the collapse of democracy in Hungary, we theorize about how collective narcissism is related to the support for populism, political decision making, and voting behaviour. We illustrate our discussion through data and examples coming from Hungary. Hungary is an especially interesting example of a European Union member country that has explicitly turned its back on liberal democracy, and where populist ideologies have been intentionally employed by an authoritarian state to promote its political legitimacy.
The chapter has been published in Applications of social psychology: How social psychology can contribute to the solution of real-world problems, edited by Joseph P. Forgas, William D. Crano, and Klaus Fiedler. This wonderful addition to the literature will be of interest to anyone looking to increase their understanding on how social psychological theories can be applied in real-world settings. The book covers a wide range of topics, including health and well-being, interpersonal relations, public affairs, and political behaviour.
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