What makes ordinary people demand that politicians address international terrorism? Using a cross-national survey, this article investigates the causes of terrorism policy salience in thirteen countries. Consistent with arguments that terrorists try to coerce governments by signaling to their residents that they are vulnerable to attack, we find that perceived personal threat from terrorism is a powerful and consistent predictor that survey respondents will make terrorism their first policy priority. Other variables, including age, ideology, gender, education, identification with terror victims, and military assertiveness, have more mixed relationships with policy salience.
Dolan, Thomas M. and Nathan Ilderton. 2017. "Scared into Demanding Action: The Effects of the Perceived Threat from Terrorism on Policy Salience." The University of Chicago Press Journals (March). http://www.journals.uchicago.edu/doi/abs/10.1086/691200