Atomic Aversion : Experimental Evidence on Taboos , Traditions , and the Non-Use of Nuclear Weapons


How strong are normative prohibitions on state behavior? We examine this question by analyzing anti-nuclear norms, sometimes called the “nuclear taboo,” using an original survey experiment to evaluate American attitudes regarding nuclear use. We find that the public has only a weak aversion to using nuclear weapons and that this aversion has few… (More)

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