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Democracy at Risk: How Terrorist Threats Affect the Public

Jennifer L. Merolla and Elizabeth J. Zechmeister


How do threats of terrorism affect the opinions of citizens? Speculation abounds, but until now no one had marshaled hard evidence to explain the complexities of this relationship. Drawing on data from surveys and original experiments conducted in the United States and Mexico, this book shows how our strategies for coping with terrorist threats significantly influence our attitudes toward fellow citizens, political leaders, and foreign nations. It reveals, for example, that some people try to restore a sense of order and control through increased wariness of others — especially of those who ex ... More

Keywords: democracy, terrorist threats, United States, Mexico, leadership, politicians, public, restrictive laws, terrorists

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780226520544
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226520568.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jennifer L. Merolla, author

Elizabeth J. Zechmeister, author