What Causes Terrorism?
37 Pages Posted: 20 Jun 2008 Last revised: 8 Feb 2010
Date Written: 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.
Keywords: Determinants of Terrorism, Political Violence, Counter-Terrorism
JEL Classification: D74, H56, N40
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