Paper/Speech Details of Conference Program for the 30th NISPAcee Annual Conference Program Overview WG10: Politico-Administrative Relations in CEE Author(s) Zuzana Murdoch University of Bergen Bergen Norway Benny Geys, BI Norwegian Business School Per Lægreid, University of Bergen Jarle Trondal, University of Agder Title "Are Civil Servants Sensitive to Terrorism? Longitudinal Evidence from the 22 July 2011 Attacks in Norway" File Paper files are available only for conference participants, please login first. Presenter(s) Zuzana Murdoch Abstract In the tradition of research on the societal impact of terrorism, this study analyses how civil servants’ work-related attitudes change due to a terror attack targeting their workplace. This shift of focus to civil servants is imperative to gain a more complete understanding of whether and how terrorism can impact the operation of core government functions. Theoretically, we contribute to a broader accounting of terror-induced ‘rally’ effects by combining insights from democratic theory, organization theory and social psychological theories of threat. Our empirical analysis exploits a two-wave survey fielded before and after the 22 July 2011 terror attacks in Norway, which allows to study the same individuals (N=186) before and after the event via a difference-in-differences strategy (comparing those directly exposed to terrorism with a control group). While terrorists may wish to disrupt public institutions, our findings indicate that a terror attack targeting these institutions strengthens internal cohesion, increases responsiveness to political signals in work tasks, and boosts willingness to trade off civil liberties for security. We discuss potential implications of these effects for the functioning of democratic governments.