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16.00 British Psychological Society

Midland Hotel : Lancaster

The Psychology of Democracy: a new approach to an old chessboard?

For more information about the British Psychological Society's work on evidence-based policy making please contact: publicaffairs@bps.org.uk


Chess is often seen as a parallel to politics. Actions can be defined as a set of binary choices: black or white; right or wrong; attack or retreat. The victor is the one who both understands the rules, and has the skills needed to read and influence the realities on the board effectively. Yet despite how impersonal policy-making might seem, understanding the psychological underpinnings of politics is critical to ensure that our democracy remains fit for purpose.

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