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The 'Peer-Effect' in Counterterrorist Policies

39 Pages Posted: 15 Jul 2012 Last revised: 4 Dec 2013

Eric Neumayer

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

Thomas Pluemper

Vienna University of Economics and Business - Department of Socioeconomics; University of Essex - Department of Government

Mariaelisa Epifanio

University of Essex - Department of Government

Date Written: 2012

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.

Suggested Citation

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

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Thomas Plümper

Vienna University of Economics and Business - Department of Socioeconomics ( email )

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University of Essex - Department of Government ( email )

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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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