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dc.creatorArceneaux, K
dc.creatorDunaway, J
dc.creatorSoroka, S
dc.date.accessioned2021-01-14T21:14:18Z
dc.date.available2021-01-14T21:14:18Z
dc.date.issued2018-04-01
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203
dc.identifier.doihttp://dx.doi.org/10.34944/dspace/4670
dc.identifier.other29634723 (pubmed)
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/20.500.12613/4688
dc.description.abstract© 2018 Arceneaux et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited. Recent research suggests that psychological needs can influence the political attitudes of ordinary citizens, often outside of their conscious awareness. In this paper, we investigate whether psychological needs also shape the spending priorities of political elites in the US. Most models of policymaking assume that political elites respond to information in relatively homogeneous ways. We suggest otherwise, and explore one source of difference in information processing, namely, threat sensitivity, which previous research links to increased support for conservative policy attitudes. Drawing on a sample of state-level policymakers, we measure their spending priorities using a survey and their level of threat sensitivity using a standard psychophysiological measure (skin conductance). We find that, like ordinary citizens, threat sensitivity leads even state-level policymakers to prioritize spending on government polices that are designed to minimize threats.
dc.format.extente0193781-e0193781
dc.language.isoen
dc.relation.haspartPLoS ONE
dc.relation.isreferencedbyPublic Library of Science (PLoS)
dc.rightsCC BY
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subjectGovernment
dc.subjectHumans
dc.subjectPolicy Making
dc.subjectPolitics
dc.subjectTerrorism
dc.titleElites are people, too: The effects of threat sensitivity on policymakers’ spending priorities
dc.typeArticle
dc.type.genreJournal Article
dc.relation.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0193781
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dc.date.updated2021-01-14T21:14:13Z
refterms.dateFOA2021-01-14T21:14:18Z


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