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Terrorism and voting: the effect of rocket threat on voting in Israeli elections

Getmansky, Anna and Zeitzoff, Thomas (2014) Terrorism and voting: the effect of rocket threat on voting in Israeli elections. American Political Science Review, 108 (3). pp. 588-604. ISSN 0003-0554

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Identification Number: 10.1017/S0003055414000288

Abstract

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
Official URL: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/american-p...
Additional Information: © 2014 American Political Science Association
Divisions: International Relations
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
J Political Science > JF Political institutions (General)
Sets: Departments > International Relations
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2018 11:09
Last Modified: 20 Jan 2020 05:36
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/89172

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