Theme 2: The evolving politics of threat

Theme 2: The evolving politics of threat


Threat is one of the major driving forces of individual, group and societal behaviour. Threats can be perceived as coming from the outside or emerging from processes within societies. On the individual level, threats and accompanying feelings of threat can lead to severe psychological suffering, to reactions against the threatening agent as well as against third parties which are in one way or the other subjectively connected to the threatening agent. In a similar way, individual-, group- or national-level threats lead to domestic as well as international defensive processes. Individual as well as societal and political reactions to threat have strong implications for broad patterns of support for policing and civil rights.

The following publications by the Governance consortia relate to the evolving politics of threat:


• Dziuban, A., Faust, F., Sekuler, T., Struzik, J., Bonde, L., & Nicholls, E. J. (2021). HIV/AIDS and its monsters. Negotiating criminalisation along the monster–human continuum. European Journal of Cultural Studies.

• Struzik, J. (2020), Narcophobia Meets Queerphobia: Criminalisation, Harm Reduction and Responsibility in Polish Drug Policies, InterAlia. A Journal of Queer Studies, np. 16,

Cañada J. A., Sariola S., & Butcher A. (2022). In critique of anthropocentrism: a more-than-human ethical framework for antimicrobial resistance. Medical Humanities.


Beraldo, D., Milan, S., de Vos, J., Agosti, C., Nadalic Sotic, b., Vliegenthart, R., Kruikemeier, S., Otto, L., Vermeer, S., Chu, X., & Votta, F. (2021). Political advertising exposed: tracking Facebook ads in the 2021 Dutch elections. Internet Policy Review.

Kefford, G., Dommett, K., Baldwin-Philippi, J., Bannerman, S., Dobber, T., Kruschinski, S., Kruikemeier, S., & Rzepecki, E. (2022). Data-driven campaigning and democratic disruption: Evidence from six advanced democracies. Party Politics.

• Stubenvoll, M., & Matthes, J. (2022) Four Paths To Misperceptions: A Panel Study On Resistance Against Journalistic Evidence. Media Psychology, 25:2, 318-341.

• Dommett, K. (2019) ‘Data-driven political campaigns in practice: understanding and regulating diverse data-driven campaigns’, Internet Policy Review, 8(4), 1-18.

• Dommett, K. (2019) ‘The Rise of Online Political Advertising’, Political Insight, 10(4).

Gibson, R. (2022) “Data-Driven Campaigning as a Disruptive Force” Political Communication (forthcoming 2022 in Special issue on Digital Campaigning in Dissonant Public Spheres).

Rommele, A., & Gibson, R. (2020) ‘Scientific and Subversive: Two Faces of the 4th Era of Political Campaigning.’ with Andrea Rommele. New Media & Society 2020. 22(4): 595-610.


Brace, L. & Baele, S. (2021). Coalfax. ExID Research Briefs.

• Lewys, B. (2022). Investigating the Far-Right Online: Using Text Data to Understand Online Subcultures. Other. National Centre for Research Methods.


Schnyder, G. (2021). The Future of Europe: Neo-liberal, Illiberal, or Non-liberal?. In: The Future of Europe and the Future of the Planet. The Altiero Spinelli Institute for Federalist Studies.

• Pajnik, M., & Hrženjak, M. (2022) The Intertwining of the Covid-19 Pandemic with Democracy Backlash: Making Sense of Journalism in Crisis, Journalism Practice, DOI: 10.1080/17512786.2022.2077806.


Hussain, A. (2022). Street Salafism: Contingency and urbanity as religious creed. Environment and Planning D: Society and Space.

Conti, B. (2021). The rise and fall of a jihadist neo-family: the Cannes-Torcy cell. Chapther in Ferret& Khosrokhavar (Eds.), Family and Jihadism: A Socio-Anthropological Approach to the French Experience.

• Conti, B. (2021). Trajectoires comparées en milieu carcéral : questionner le lien entre (non) radicalisation et prison, CAREP, On line:

• Poli, A., Franc, R., Pavlović, T. (2023), « What is the Connection between Inequalities and Radicalisation ? Reviewing the Evidence Base », in Hilary Pilkington (ed.), Why don’t Young People Radicalise? Trajectories of Radicalisation and Non-Radicalisation in Europe, New York, Berghahn Books.


Theocharis, Y., Cardenal, A., Jin, S., Aalberg, T., Hopmann, D. N., Strömbäck, J., Castro, L., Esser, F., Van Aelst, P., de Vreese, C., Corbu, N., Koc-Michalska, K., Matthes, J., Schemer, C., Sheafer, T., Splendore, S., Stanyer, J., Stępińska, A., & Štětka, V. (2021). Does the platform matter? Social media and COVID-19 conspiracy theory beliefs in 17 countries. New Media & Society.