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Two leaders, two wars: a psychological analysis of fear and anger content in political rhetoric about terrorism

De Castella, Krista; McGarty, Craig


This article examines fear and anger content in the political rhetoric of former U.S. President George W. Bush and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair during the period 2001–2003. A total of 49 terrorism-related speeches were coded for content that could plausibly elicit fear or anger in listeners. Although anger and fear inductions were present in the vast majority of coded speeches, the percentage of speeches containing emotional content varied widely over time and between speakers, with...[Show more]

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Date published: 2011-12
Type: Journal article
Source: Analyses of Social Issues and Public Policy
DOI: 10.1111/j.1530-2415.2011.01243.x


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