Friday, September 8, 2017, 12:00pm to 1:30pm


CGIS South S050

The Working Group in Political Psychology and Behavior (WoGPoP) is an interdisciplinary forum for the presentation and discussion of current research that uses a psychological and empirical orientation to examine the micro-foundations of citizen and elite behavior. Our topics include but are not limited to identity, emotion, culture, beliefs, preferences (including public opinion and individual preferences), rationality, norms, cognition, group dynamics, ethnic politics, context effects, attribution, information, bargaining and trust. This is a methodologically plural forum open to faculty, graduate students, and other members of the academic community.

The working group meets approximately every other week on Fridays (see calendar). Lunch and discussion of the paper begin at 12:00 p.m. in the Center for Government and International Relations (CGIS) South, room 050 


Mike Tomz (Stanford - Political Science) presents, "Military Alliances and Public Support for War.”

Below is an abstract for his talk:

“This paper examines how military alliances affect public support for war. Our survey-based experiments show that alliance commitments powerfully influence mass preferences about whether to intervene abroad. Both written and unwritten alliances had massive effects on support for sending U.S. forces. Two mechanisms drove these effects: concerns about reputation in international affairs, and concerns about the morality of leaving an ally hanging. The effects of alliances proved robust across a wide range of contextual factors, including the stakes for the United States, the anticipated costs of intervention, the political regime of the victim, and the region in which the conflict was located. Overall, our experiments imply that alliances bind across a wide range of conditions, primarily because alliance commitments increase both the reputational and moral costs of nonintervention.”