The motivations behind grievance politics

with Tereza Capelos

20 Jun 2023 | Politics and Governance

In this episode, we explore the psychology of "the angry citizen" and the role of resentment in grievance politics. With Tereza Capelos (University of Birmingham, UK), we examine how ressentiment transforms grievances into moral indignation and destructive anger, highlighting key psychological markers and defense mechanisms. We also gain insights into the complex world of grievance politics and the transformative power of ressentiment.

Episode based on the article

Grievance Politics: An Empirical Analysis of Anger Through the Emotional Mechanism of Ressentiment
By Tereza Capelos, Mikko Salmela, and Gabija Krisciunaite
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About the Speaker

Tereza Capelos is an associate professor in political psychology and director of the Institute for Conflict Cooperation and Security at the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the University of Birmingham. She is past president of the International Society of Political Psychology, co-convener for the Political Psychology Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research, and co-editor of the Palgrave Series in Political Psychology. Her research examines reactionary orientations and ressentimentful affect as psychological expressions of grievance politics, and the role of uncertainty and affective ambivalence in establishing trust during national and international crises and tensions.