Where Is the Schema? Going Beyond the “S” Word in Political Psychology

James H. Kuklinski, Robert C. Luskin, John Bolland

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Schema theory has established wide currency today among scholars who study political attitudes, beliefs, values, recollections, or other perceptions and orientations that citizens may exhibit. How much does schema conceptualization actually contribute to understanding political behavior and attitudes? How much potential does schema theory have for future contributions? We address these questions, arguing for a more satisfying political psychology than is offered by research emanating from schema conceptualizations.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1341-1380
Number of pages40
JournalAmerican Political Science Review
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1991


  • cognitive models
  • political psychology
  • cognition
  • political candidates
  • social psychology
  • black people
  • social cognition
  • political attitudes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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