Risk Acceptance and Contentious Politics: The Role of Risk Weights in Understanding Protest Participation

This dissertation project seeks to expand the domain of application of risk acceptance to contentious politics, noting that age based explanations of participation in these events are insufficient in explaining why individuals choose to participate in contentious politics generally. At the same time this project conceptualizes and measures risk acceptance in an innovative way. This dissertation advances two claims: The first is that risk acceptance is a function of risk weights. Risk weights are akin to life characteristics, real structural characteristics which impact the ways in which individuals make final decisions regarding risk. These are characteristics that have been linked with risk acceptance in political science literature but have not been explicitly theorized as directing impacting risk propensity. The second claim that is advances in this project is that individuals that are more risk acceptant are more likely to participate in instances of contentious politics, particularly in protest activities. 

Work In Progress

"Objectified and Dehumanized: Do Objectifying Images of Women Affect Political Atti- tudes?” Co-Author Claire Gothreau

“Chemical Imbalances: Elite Attitudes toward Drug Policy in a Comparative Setting.” Co-Author Rafael Jacob

"Units of Analysis and the Micro-dynamics of Internal Conict." Co-Author Hillel Soifer. 

"Risk Acceptance, Environment and Protest Behavior in Central America" Co-Author Lee Demetrius Walker

Valparaiso, Chile

Valparaiso, Chile