Testing Some Implications of Affective Intelligence Theory at the Aggregate Level

Peter F. Nardulli and James H. Kuklinski

in The Affect Effect

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print September 2007 | ISBN: 9780226574417
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226574431 | DOI:
Testing Some Implications of Affective Intelligence Theory at the Aggregate Level

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This chapter investigates the electoral politics of the past thirty years to see how political dynamics have been moved by threats to economic prosperity, individual safety, and collective physical security. The conception of democratic governance emphasizes change and dynamics; affective intelligence predicts only that surveillance will occur under high but not low anxiety. The increased anxiety evoked by bad or worsening conditions does not produce irrational, unthinking reactions. The propositions were derived with minimal guidance from affective intelligence theory. Anger decreased estimates of risk and thus promoted support of the war; anxiety worked in the opposite way. Fear is another plausible substitute for anxiety. Adopting fear or anger would work just as effectively as adopting anxiety. Without attention to emotions, political scientists cannot fully understand politics.

Keywords: electoral politics; political dynamics; individual safety; economic prosperity; physical security; democratic governance; affective intelligence theory; anxiety; anger; fear

Chapter.  6550 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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