You failed! Government Satisfaction and Party Preferences Facing Islamist Terrorism

Nowak Anna


Abstract
International crises like dramatic terror attacks leave their mark on society in various ways. According to the existing literature, some of these consequences include two seemingly conflicting responses: increasing as well as decreasing support for the incumbent government. To make sense of this seeming contradiction, this study combines these observations in one empirical framework. We investigate the effects of Islamist terrorism on citizens' evaluation of the national government by logistic regression analyses using data from the European Social Survey (ESS) for Germany from 2014 to 2017. Our analyses demonstrate that support for the government significantly increases in the aftermath of Islamist terror attacks. However, the intensity of such support decreases with repeated exposure to terror attacks, and these effects even reverse when a certain level of terror is reached. Further, we find that radical right parties benefit from the issues accentuated by terrorism.

Keywords
terrorism; crisis; rally effect; party preferences



Publication type
Article in Journal

Peer reviewed
No

Publication status
Published

Year
2018

Journal
CIW Discussion Paper Series

Volume
2018

Issue
6

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Affiliation
Center of Interdisciplinary Economics, University of Münster