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Fear Appeals in Political Rhetoric about Terrorism: An Analysis of Speeches by Australian Prime Minister Howard

De Castella, Krista; McGarty, Craig; Musgrove, Luke


This paper explores fear-arousing content in Australian former Prime Minister John Howard's political rhetoric about terrorism. We coded 27 speeches delivered between September 2001 and November 2007 for the presence of statements promoting fear-consistent appraisals (Smith & Lazarus, 1993). Fear-arousing content was present in 24 of these speeches, but the amount of fear-arousing content varied markedly. In particular, rhetoric that raised doubts about the capacity of Australia and its allies...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Political Psychology
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9221.2008.00678.x


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