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Elites, Crime, and Democratic Support in Latin America

Title: Elites, Crime, and Democratic Support in Latin America.
Name(s): Abboud, Sabrina G., author
Department of Political Science
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2015
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: This project analyzes how elite actors influence democracy in contexts of high levels of public anxiety. Drawing from work on Affective Intelligence in Political Psychology, the project provides a theoretical explanation for the varying response of anxious citizens threatened by high rates of physical insecurity. Specifically, the project describes how elites affect public attitudes in the face of the extraordinary crime wave in Latin America. In so doing, it also explains previously inconsistent findings on crime's effect on democratic attitudes. Using a mixed-method strategy of elite interviews in Venezuela and Honduras as well as analysis of survey data throughout the region, the examination finds that elite opinion about crime conditions the effect of anxiety on mass democratic attitudes. When political elites emphasize anti-democratic policies, anxious citizens express more support for authoritarian principles and less support for democracy. When elites promote more democratic solutions, the effect of anxiety is null.
Identifier: FSU_migr_undergradsymposium2015-0001 (IID)
Keywords: crime, Latin America
Subject(s): Political science
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Undergraduate Research Symposium 2015.

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