The Socio-Economic determinants of terrorism and political violence in Western Europe (1994-2007).

Raul Caruso, Friedrich Schneider

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Abstract

The main objective of this paper is to empirically investigate the socio-economic causes of terrorism and political violence in a sample of 12 countries in Western Europe. Results are mixed. First, we show that in western European countries the classical economic argument of opportunity cost can be confirmed. That is, the larger is the set of economic opportunities for an individual the lower is the likelihood or the willingness for him to be involved in a terrorist activity. Second and, however, in line with modernization theory, expected future economic growth seems to be associated with an increase in current terrorist activities. Eventually, our results also show that terrorist brutality (measured in people killed) is positively associated with real GDP per capita.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)s37-s37--s49
RivistaEuropean Journal of Political Economy
Volume27
DOI
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2011

Keywords

  • deprivation theory
  • economic determinants
  • political violence

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