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Terrorism and voting: The effect of rocket threat on voting in israeli elections

Getmansky, A and Zeitzoff, T (2014) 'Terrorism and voting: The effect of rocket threat on voting in israeli elections.' American Political Science Review, 108 (3). 588 - 604. ISSN 0003-0554

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© American Political Science Association 2014. How does the threat of becoming a victim of terrorism affect voting behavior? Localities in southern Israel have been exposed to rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip since 2001. Relying on variation across time and space in the range of rockets, we identify the effect of this threat on voting in Israeli elections. We first show that the evolution of the rockets' range leads to exogenous variation in the threat of terrorism. We then compare voting in national elections within and outside the rockets' range. Our results suggest that the right-wing vote share is 2 to 6 percentage points higher in localities that are within the range - a substantively significant effect. Unlike previous studies that explore the role of actual exposure to terrorism on political preferences and behavior, we show that the mere threat of an attack affects voting.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
Depositing User: Anna Getmansky
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2015 16:19
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2017 10:15

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