How Terrorism could Affect the 2016 Election

Bethany Albertson, Shana Kushner Gadarian

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Politics is often frightening, whether because of a terrorist attack, a public health outbreak, or an immigration crisis. In this essay, we argue that when politics is threatening, an anxious public wants to feel protected. In turn, the public support leaders and policies they believe will keep them safe. In a world made threatening by terrorism, politicians may be all too eager to amplify alarm bells in order to promote their preferred policies. We hope that the election season means Americans will see some contestation over the best way to keep us safe.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)479-481
Number of pages3
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Election 2016
  • Emotions
  • Political psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Social Sciences


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