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Evolution, politics and charisma : why do populists win?

Author: Elesa Zehndorfer
Publisher: Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019.
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Evolution, Politics and Charisma: Why do Populists Win? shines compelling new light on the way in which the systematic targeting and manipulation of human physiology remain a cornerstone of all populist political campaigns. Readers wishing to make sense of the populist juggernauts of Trump and Brexit and of the cyclical and formulaic nature of the rise and fall of charismatic populism will find this book  Read more...
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Zehndorfer, Elesa.
Evolution, politics and charisma.
Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2019
(DLC) 2018046369
(OCoLC)1055264455
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Elesa Zehndorfer
ISBN: 9780429460234 0429460236 9780429863097 0429863098 9780429863080 042986308X 9780429863103 0429863101
OCLC Number: 1088892337
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Half Title; Title Page; Copyright Page; Dedication; Table of Contents; List of figures; Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The Ninety-Eight Percent; The Ninety-Eight Percent; Political Junkies: An Introduction to Political Physiology; Partisanship: The Madness of Crowds; The Political Battlefield; Politics versus Reason; Homeostasis; An Appetite for Fear and Risk; Germophobes, Pathogens and Politics; Lust and Disgust; An Emotional Monopoly; Half Genetic; Uncertainty and Ambiguity; Resistance to Change; Low IQ or Low Effort?; Serotonin and Voter Turnout Social Media, Social Provocation?Blue Brains; Dopamine and Democrats; Humour as Resistance; Saturday Night Resistance; A Different Kind of Humour; Summary; Notes; 2. The Political Rally; Rallies and Oaths; Degrading Democracy; Cashing In; The Attraction of Political Rallies; Susceptibility to Appeals; Animal Magnetism; Addicted to Politics? Sensation-Seeking in Political Campaigns; From Populism to Pathos; Apocalyptic Confrontations; Crises Breed Charisma; Alpha Campaigns; Energy Flow; Energy Flow and Excitation-Transfer; The Physiological Rollercoaster; Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear An Age of ReasonEndocrinology and Entitlement; Political Rallies, Radicalization and Oxytocin; Us and Them; Summary; Notes; 3. Nature versus the Election Cycle; Stressful Encounters; The Power of Nature; Geomagnetic and Political Storms; Full Moons and Sun Spots; The Sport of Politics; Politics and the Entertainment Effect; Food for Thought; From Junk Food to Junk News; Sensation-Seeking and Swing States; Addicted to the Internet; Tune In, Can't Tune Out; Eat the Doughnut; Vicarious Trauma (PTSD); The Truth about Tech; Ripping Holes in the Fabric of Society; Lizard Brains Populism: Unregulated AdvertisingA Unique Amateurism; A Golden Age of Ignorance; Celebrity, Charisma and Catastrophes; Summary; Notes; 4. The Physiology of Polarization; Elixirs of War; Dehumanization and Imagination: An Explosive Evolutionary Mix; The Art of Self-Deception; Voter Suppression by Race; The Torturers' Lobby; Political Clientelism; Political Renaissance; Diffusion of Political Clientelism and Monetization; The Producers; Anti-Immigration Rhetoric and Other Gateway Drugs; Integration, Not Demonization; Methamphetamines and Opioids: Political Blitzkrieg; The Fifty-Two Million Politics on SteroidsEmpathizing on Acetaminophen; Hillbilly Heroin; No Monopoly on Pain; Vaping to Victory; Dopamine Separates Us from the Animals; Summary; Notes; 5. The Life Cycle of Charismatic Populism; The Power of Emotion; The Life Cycle of Charismatic Populism; Stability Is Destabilizing: The Displacement; The Boom and Euphoria Phases; Weaponizing Tweets; The CIA, Charisma and Psychological Warfare; God, Homeland and Democracy; Soviet Reflexive Mind-Control; Modern-Day Colonialism; Populism as a Strategy; Profit Taking; Lawsuits, Narcissists and Charismatics; Charisma: It's Personal
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Evolution, Politics and Charisma: Why do Populists Win? shines compelling new light on the way in which the systematic targeting and manipulation of human physiology remain a cornerstone of all populist political campaigns. Readers wishing to make sense of the populist juggernauts of Trump and Brexit and of the cyclical and formulaic nature of the rise and fall of charismatic populism will find this book particularly appealing. Elesa Zehndorfer begins by presenting a highly applied explanation of the critical importance of political physiology, physiology theory, neuroscience and evolutionary biology in populist charismatic politics. She later eloquently explains how manipulation of physiological variables (such as heightened testosterone and dopamine) renders the political rally one of the most powerful weapons in a populist leaders' campaign. Weber's seminal conceptualisation of charisma 'in statu nascendi' and Hyman Minsky's insightful theories of cyclical boom-and-bust scenarios are then juxtaposed alongside physiological theory to greatly amplify our understanding of the powerful biological antecedents of charismatic populism. These theoretical observations are then applied directly to recent high-profile populist campaigns - including the 2016 Trump Presidential campaign and early Presidency - and the Brexit referendum, to elucidating and compelling effect. Ultimately, Evolution, Politics and Charisma paints a clear evolutionary picture of the way in which politics is an emotional - not a rational - process, where our emotions are continually targeted to great, and strategic, effect, and where the most recent intersection of technology and physiology has driven the greatest surge in populism ever seen across the Western hemisphere since the 1930's. Acknowledging this reality opens up exciting vistas in our understanding of the true power of charismatic populism and provides answers as to how its seductive and often dangerous power can be effectively resisted.

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