What Causes Terrorism?
University of Freiburg
Wilfried Guth Chair of Constitutional Political Economy and Competition Policy
June 8, 2009
We provide an overview of empirical evidence on the determinants of terrorism, in particular focusing on the origins and targets of transnational terrorism.We also assemble several broad theoretical families that relate terrorism to, e.g., economic, political and institutional and demographic factors. We provide a critical discussion of the existing empirical evidence and refer to a number of areas of future research before describing some modest policy implications.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 37
Keywords: Determinants of Terrorism, Political Violence, Counter-Terrorism
JEL Classification: D74, H56, N40working papers series
Date posted: June 20, 2008 ; Last revised: February 8, 2010
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