What is it about?
Comparisons before and after 9/11 in two different US samples (collected with unrelated purposes) show that, after the terrorist attacks, there was a measurable increase in power distance, and a decrease in cosmopolitanism, but no change in collectivism. Authors found support for hypotheses linking threats with acceptance of authoritarianism and parochialism.
Why is it important?
This offers empirical support to the theory that, when Americans feel threatened, they are less likely to question authority and more likely to accept impositions from their leaders. Also, the study did not find an effect of threats on individualism, which suggests that this feature in Americans is somewhat immune to threats.
The following have contributed to this page: Professor Anne-Wil Harzing and Prof. Dr. Miguel R Olivas-Lujan