Publication Date

2013-05-02

Availability

Embargoed

Embargo Period

2015-05-02

Degree Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PHD)

Department

International Studies (Arts and Sciences)

Date of Defense

2012-10-30

First Committee Member

Roger E. Kanet

Second Committee Member

Joseph M. Parent

Third Committee Member

Christopher B. Mann

Fourth Committee Member

Bruce M. Bagley

Abstract

I hypothesize that U.S. citizens’ support for the counterterrorism policy of their government is, in the main, determined and explained by the various ways in which they have come to understand terrorism, security, and the history of U.S. engagement abroad. I test the hypotheses by way of an ordered probit model. The empirical findings lend support to the hypotheses.

Keywords

terrorism; public opinion; counterterrorism policy

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