fbpx The Logic of Affect and the Nuclear Taboo: Limitations of Current Experimental Survey Research | Harvard Kennedy School
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Date and Location

September 16, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM



​Recent experimental survey work investigating the strength of the nuclear taboo has led to questions about whether this normative prohibition still reduces the likelihood of nuclear use.  In this presentation, Maria Rost Rublee discusses how the logic of affect shapes nuclear use decisions, and why limitations in experimental survey research—particularly if that research does not incorporate the logic of affect—may provide results that are unlikely to reflect real-world opinions about nuclear use.

Speakers and Presenters

​Maria Rost Rublee, Associate Professor of International Relations at Monash University


Additional Organizers

​Project on Managing the Atom