under the influence of strong passions, such as
anger, fear, hope, generosity, empathy, and moral indignation - which are in
turn sustained by such cognitive processes as memory, learning, and the fixa-
tion of belief. Regrettably, the role of passion in politics is usually overlooked
by politologists, particularly those of the rational-choice persuasion. It is, how-
ever, occasionally studied by social psychologists. For example, Sears and Funk
(1990) found that, in the United States, self-interest seldom determines public
opinion or votingbehaviour.