Title page for ETD etd-09282005-161739

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Drake, Jessica Kiser
Author's Email Address jdrake@vt.edu
URN etd-09282005-161739
Title To Survive and Thrive: A Self-Determination Perspective of Political Motivation
Degree Master of Arts
Department Political Science
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Luke, Timothy W. Committee Chair
Baard, Paul P. Committee Member
Pourchot, Georgeta Valentina Committee Member
Seifert, Jeffrey W. Committee Member
  • political psychology
  • self-determination
  • political motivation
Date of Defense 2005-08-31
Availability unrestricted
Political scientists concentrate on the concept of political activity as social cooperation motivated to meet two goals: biological survival and accumulation of extrinsic rewards such as power, wealth, or territory. Self-determination research in the field of human motivation reveals a different motivator in the form of innate psychological needs. This literature review and theoretical analysis offers an alternative cause for political activity in light of recent empirical work completed by psychologists in the study of Self-Determination Theory. The findings suggest that humans act politically to secure satisfaction of their psychological needs of autonomy, relatedness, and competence.
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