Terrorism, Civil Liberties, and Political Rights: A Cross-National Analysis

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This article examines the effect terrorism has on civil liberties and political rights across a wide range of democracies and regions. This study includes an analysis of the influence domestic and international terrorist attacks have on civil liberties and political rights in 48 democratic states from 1971–2007. The results from a time series cross-national analysis reveal that terrorism weakens civil liberties and political rights. However, certain types of democracies are more affected by terrorism than others. These findings have important implications for democracy and counterterrorism strategies in democratic states.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)165-193
Number of pages29
JournalStudies in Conflict and Terrorism
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Feb 1 2016


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Safety Research
  • Political Science and International Relations

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