James Madison’s Psychology of Public Opinion

  title={James Madison’s Psychology of Public Opinion},
  author={Teena Gabrielson},
  journal={Political Research Quarterly},
  pages={431 - 444}
  • Teena Gabrielson
  • Published 2009
  • Sociology
  • Political Research Quarterly
  • This article argues that in his “Party Press Essays,” James Madison expounds a psychology of public opinion that is identifiable, but less developed, in his earlier writings. In these essays, Madison explains how a territorial mean, or a “practicable sphere,” contributes to a psychological mean that creates a context for the emergence of an enlightened majority capable of mobilizing against an abusive regime. Attending to Madison’s psychology of public opinion highlights the political… CONTINUE READING
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