TERRORISM AND RIGHT-PARTY VOTE SHARES IN LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS: A Cross-National Analysis

Lance Y. Hunter, Joseph W. Robbins, Martha H. Ginn

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Abstract

This study examines the electoral consequences for ideologically right-leaning political parties in the wake of terrorist attacks by employing an original dataset that captures political party vote shares and multiple terrorist indicators. Our analysis extends the partisan voting hypothesis to 56 democracies from multiple regions and levels of development between 1975–2014. Specifically, we find that the origins of terrorist perpetrators, the severity of terrorist attacks, and the frequency of terrorist incidents decrease right-party vote shares in legislative contests when incorporating standard controls. All told, these findings reinforce political psychological reasoning that contends terrorist attacks impact citizens’ emotions and voting calculations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)441-471
Number of pages31
JournalWorld Affairs
Volume184
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021

Keywords

  • Cross-National Elections
  • Domestic Terrorism
  • Elections
  • Electoral Behavior
  • Legislative Elections
  • Parties
  • Partisan Voting
  • Right Parties
  • Terrorism
  • Transnational Terrorism
  • Voting Behavior

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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