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Terrorism, trust, and identity: evidence from a natural experiment in Nigeria

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We study the effects of terrorism on political trust and national versus ethnic identification. Making use of unexpected attacks by the extremist group Boko Haram in Nigeria, which occurred during the fieldwork of a public opinion survey in 2014, we show that even in a context of weak state institutions and frequent terrorist activities, terror attacks significantly increase political trust. We also find that the attacks significantly reduced the salience of respondents' national identity, in...

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Peer reviewed

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10.1111/ajps.12769

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Division:
SSD
Department:
Politics & Int Relations
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Author
Publisher:
Wiley
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American Journal of Political Science More from this journal
Publication date:
2023-01-16
Acceptance date:
2022-05-22
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1540-5907
ISSN:
0092-5853
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English
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1315352
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pubs:1315352
Deposit date:
2022-12-16

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