Anxious Politics


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Cambridge University Press
Publish Date
September 03, 2015
6.03 X 9.07 X 0.64 inches | 0.82 pounds

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About the Author

Bethany Albertson is an Assistant Professor of Government at the University of Texas, Austin. She received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Chicago. Previously, she was a visiting scholar at the Center for the Study of Democratic Politics at Princeton and on faculty at the University of Washington, Seattle. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation and the Harrington Foundation. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, Political Behavior, Political Psychology and American Politics Research.
Shana Kushner Gadarian is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. She received a PhD in Politics from Princeton University. Previously, she was a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of California, Berkeley. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Campbell Public Affairs Institute, and the Bobst Center for Peace and Justice. Her work has been published in the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, Political Psychology, Political Communication, Perspectives on Politics, and volumes on experimental methods and political psychology.


"Albertson and Gadarian marshal an impressive array of evidence to demonstrate how anxiety shapes the behavior of citizens for both better and worse, how it can transcend and yet bend to partisan politics. Anxious Politics offers the most in-depth investigation into the political effects of anxiety to date and advances critical amendments to earlier scientific accounts. This is essential reading for understanding why attempts to stir up political fears can by turns promote democratic citizenship, subvert it, and fall on deaf ears."
Ted Brader, University of Michigan
"How do political communications that foster feelings of threat and insecurity influence citizens - how and what they learn, who they trust, and what policies they advocate? Anxious Politics offers a compelling set of answers to these important questions through experimental analyses that range widely across issues, context, and message form. Anyone with an interest in public opinion should read this book."
Laura Stoker, Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley
"This is a monumental contribution that is a must-read for anyone interested in contemporary American politics. The authors not only fundamentally advance academic knowledge about anxiety and public opinion but also offer critical insights into issues of the utmost importance (e.g., immigration, climate change, terrorism, etc.). The book will clearly shape future research agendas and ongoing policy discussions."
James N. Druckman, Payson S. Wild Professor of Political Science, Northwestern University, Illinois