Anatomy of a Rally Effect: George W. Bush and the War on Terrorism

  title={Anatomy of a Rally Effect: George W. Bush and the War on Terrorism},
  author={Marc J. Hetherington and Michael Nelson},
  journal={PS: Political Science \& Politics},
  pages={37 - 42}
The “rally-round-the-flag effect” sparked by the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington and by President George W. Bush's prompt launching of the War on Terrorism cries out for the kind of timely analysis that political scientists sometimes can provide. A rally effect is the sudden and substantial increase in public approval of the president that occurs in response to certain kinds of dramatic international events involving the United States. The September 11 rally effect is… 
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