Amílcar A. Barreto
Glenn Pierce, Denis Sullivan
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Department or Academic Unit
College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Department of Political Science
political science, Middle Eastern studies, social psychology, conflict, fear, Israel, Palestine, public opinion, threat
International Relations | Political Science
This research examines the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a new conceptual perspective that incorporates the psychology of threat into the study of inter-group conflict. The specific objective of the proposed work is to develop a better understanding of how inter-group perceptions of threat may affect the decision-making of citizens and political leaders, and may ultimately affect progress in peace negotiations. The study utilizes data on Israelis and Palestinians over the period 1994 through 2011, drawing on public opinion polls, conflict related casualties, and major historical events in order to assess factors affecting public opinion. The research specifically examines the impact of perceived threat on: changes in Palestinian public opinion regarding support for punitive military actions against Israel, optimism about the future, and support for the peace process; and changes in Israeli public opinion regarding support for peace (negotiations/agreements). It is hypothesized that perceived threat pushes both Israelis and Palestinians toward more extreme positions regarding the peace process. This study also examines the impact of perceived threat on support for negotiation versus confrontation-oriented leaders.
Sheila Deborah Kohanteb
Kohanteb, Sheila Deborah, "Decision making under threat: Israeli and Palestinian public opinion" (2012). Political Science Dissertations. Paper 9. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d20002703
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