How Terrorism could Affect the 2016 Election

Bethany Albertson, Shana Kushner Gadarian

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

1 Scopus citations

Abstract

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
JournalSociety
Volume53
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Election 2016
  • Emotions
  • Political psychology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Social Sciences(all)

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'How Terrorism could Affect the 2016 Election'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this