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Rethinking democracy and terrorism: a quantitative analysis of attitudes to democratic politics and support for terrorism in the UK

Littler, Mark

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Mark Littler

Abstract

© 2016 Society for Terrorism Research. The relationship between democracy and terrorism remains a source of significant debate, with academic evidence suggesting that democracy both inhibits and encourages acts of terrorism and political violence. Accepting this apparent contradiction, this paper argues that a more nuanced approach to understanding political systems, focussing on the subjective perceptions of individual actors, may allow these differences to be reconciled. Using regression analysis undertaken with UK data from the European Values Study, the results shows how attitudes to politics may frame assessments of the intrinsic valence–or attractiveness–of political participation, support for terrorism, and the implications this may have for both counter-terrorism and counter-extremism policy.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 2, 2017
Journal Behavioral sciences of terrorism and political aggression
Print ISSN 1943-4472
Electronic ISSN 1943-4480
Publisher Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Issue 1
Pages 52-61
Institution Citation Littler, M. (2017). Rethinking democracy and terrorism: a quantitative analysis of attitudes to democratic politics and support for terrorism in the UK. Behavioral Sciences of Terrorism and Political Aggression, 9(1), 52-61. https://doi.org/10.1080/19434472.2016.1245211
DOI https://doi.org/10.1080/19434472.2016.1245211
Keywords Democracy; Terrorism; Extremism; Quantitative; Valence
Publisher URL http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19434472.2016.1245211
Additional Information Peer Review Statement: The publishing and review policy for this title is described in its Aims & Scope.; Aim & Scope: http://www.tandfonline....cope&journalCode=rirt20

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