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The 'Peer-Effect' in Counterterrorist Policies


Eric Neumayer


London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Thomas Plümper


University of Essex - Department of Government

Mariaelisa Epifanio


University of Essex - Department of Government

2012

International Organization, 69 (1), 2014, pp. 209-232

Abstract:     
Existing accounts of counterterrorist policies posit that defensively oriented measures create negative externalities and result in regulatory competition inducing governments to increasingly tighten their policies. We argue that rather than causing an unconditional global ‘race to the top,’ spatial dependence in counterterrorist policies is limited to within groups of countries exposed to a similar level of threat from international terrorism. Countries strongly differ in their propensity to become the target of an international terror attack and governments can safely ignore counterterrorist policies enacted by countries outside their ‘peer group,’ but must pay attention to measures undertaken by their peers. We test various predictions derived from our theory in an empirical analysis of counterterrorist regulations in 20 Western developed country democracies over the period 2001 to 2008.

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Date posted: July 15, 2012 ; Last revised: December 4, 2013

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Neumayer, Eric and Plümper, Thomas and Epifanio, Mariaelisa, The 'Peer-Effect' in Counterterrorist Policies (2012). International Organization, 69 (1), 2014, pp. 209-232. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2107192

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Eric Neumayer (Contact Author)
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Thomas Plümper
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Mariaelisa Epifanio
University of Essex - Department of Government ( email )
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester CO4 3SQ, CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom
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