On the heterogeneity of terror

Crawford School of Public Policy | Arndt-Corden Department of Economics

Event details

ACDE Seminar

Date & time

Tuesday 24 September 2013


Coombs Seminar Room B, Coombs Building 9, Fellows Road, ANU


Professor Guenther G Schulze, University of Freiburg


Arianto Patunru

Most of the existing literature on the determinants of terrorism treats terror as a uniform phenomenon and does not distinguish between different types of terror. We argue that terror groups of different ideological types should be affected by different determinants as they cater to different grievances, engage in compromise to differ- ent degrees and have different organisational constraints. We explicitly address the heterogeneity of terror by classifying groups according to their ideologies and, using the Global Terrorism Database, show that the determinants of terror differ strongly between terror types.

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