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 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"
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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.