What other important distinctions might it obscure?
Pick any one of the major theories of human nature discussed at the beginning of the course. Develop its contribution to political psychology. What phenomena does it most help to explain? What phenomena is it less effective in explaining?
2. A central debate within political psychology has always been the extent to which political actors are ?rational? or ?irrational.? Describe rational choice theory as a theory of political behavior. What are the main challenges to it from research in political psychology? In what respects does it hold up better? Where do you come out on this debate? Why?
3. Evaluate Houghton?s distinction between situations and dispositions as a clarifying theme in the study of political psychology. Where does it help the most? What other important distinctions might it obscure?