Political Parties and Terrorist Groups

By Leonard Weinberg, Ami Pedahzur, Arie Perliger

© 2009 – Routledge

192 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

This book is the definitive guide to the topical issue of the relationship between political parties that embrace the democratic process and terrorist groups which eschew the legal and procedural strictures of democracy.

The fully revised edition continues to provide the most detailed theoretical and empirical analysis of this controversial issue, highlighting the fluid nature of boundaries between terrorist organisation and legitimate political party. Drawing on a vast array of data, the authors examine a large number of international case studies from Italy, Spain, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Peru, Argentina, Japan and Northern Ireland.

By incorporating substantial new material on ETA, Hizbollah and Hamas, this book retains its position at the forefront of the worldwide political discussion on terrorism, and continues to be essential reading for all students, academics and readers with an interest in security studies, terrorism and political violence

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Political Parties and Terrorist Groups 2. When Opposites Attract 3. When Political Parties Turn to Terrorism 4. When Terrorist Groups Turn To Party Politics 5. Political Movements, Political Parties and Terrorist Groups 6. A Pathway from Terrorism to Peaceful Political Party Competition 7. Political Parties and Terrorist Groups - Conclusions

About the Authors

Leonard Weinberg is Foundation Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada. His books include, The Democratic Experience and Political Violence (2001, edited with David Rappaport) and The Emergence of a Euro-American Radical Right (1998, with Jeffrey Kaplan).

Ami Pedahzur is an Associate Professor at the department of government, University of Texas, Austin. His latest publications include: Root Causes of Suicide Terrorism (2006), Political Parties and Terrorist Groups (with Leonard Weinberg, 2003) and The Israeli Response to Jewish Extremism and Violence – Defending Democracy (2002).

Arie Perliger is adjunct faculty member in the School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa and research fellow at the National Security Studies Center in the University of Haifa, Israel.

About the Series

Extremism and Democracy

This new series encompasses academic studies within the broad fields of 'extremism' and 'democracy'. These topics have traditionally been considered largely in isolation by academics. A key focus of the series, therefore, is the (inter-) relation between extremism and democracy. Works will seek to answer questions such as to what extent extremist groups pose a major threat to democratic parties, or how can democracy respond to extremism without undermining its own democratic credentials?

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Ideologies / Democracy
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Political Parties