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When Does Terrorism Work?

1st Edition

Edited by Diego Muro


194 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This book examines the question of when terrorism works. Determining if political violence is effective and, if at all possible, when it is effective, is vital for both intellectual and practical reasons. The volume contains chapters from scholars who have been at the forefront of the efficaciousness debate and argues that terrorism can be effective in delivering tactical returns but is largely ineffective in realizing strategic goals. The book considers the pros and cons of choosing coercive intimidation to serve political ends from both a theoretical perspective and case study approach. It also outlines some of the methodological problems inherent in the academic debate that has taken place thus far on the subject, and suggests ways forward for making future scholarship in this area more inclusive, systematic and dialogically fruitful than it has been to date.

Table of Contents

Introduction Diego Muro

1 Terrorism works in theory, but not in practice Max Abrahms

2 When terrorism works: explaining success and failure across varying targets and objectives Peter Krause

3 Terrorist group survival as a measure of effectiveness Brian Phillips

4 Terrorism and state repression: strategic choice and the domestic normative context Frank Foley

5 The effectiveness of ethnonationalist terrorism Kieran McConaghy

6 Why terrorism fails. Lessons from ETA’s terrorist campaign Diego Muro

7 The Puzzle of Nonviolence in Western Sahara Christian Leuprecht & Matthew Porges

8 Violence as a path to power in Latin America (1956–1996). The cases of Uruguay and El Salvador duardo Rey Tristán & Alberto Martín Álvarez

Conclusion Diego Muro

About the Editor

Dr Diego Muro is Lecturer in International Relations at the Handa Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence (CSTPV) at the University of St Andrews and Senior Research Fellow at the Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB).

About the Series

Extremism and Democracy

This series covers academic studies within the broad fields of ‘extremism’ and ‘democracy’, with volumes focusing on adjacent concepts such as populism, radicalism, and ideological/religious fundamentalism. These topics have been considered largely in isolation by scholars interested in the study of political parties, elections, social movements, activism, and radicalisation in democratic settings. A key focus of the series, therefore, is the (inter-)relation between extremism, radicalism, populism, fundamentalism, and democracy. Since its establishment in 1999, the series has encompassed both influential contributions to the discipline and informative accounts for public debate. Works will seek to problematise the role of extremism, broadly defined, within an ever-globalising world, and/or the way social and political actors can respond to these challenges without undermining democratic credentials.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / Terrorism