Revisiting the Economics and Terrorism Nexus: collective Deprivation, Ideology and Domestic Radicalization in the US (1948–2016)

Studies generally find no relationship between economic deprivation and terrorist activities, leading to the conclusion that economic conditions have no role in the emergence of terrorist movements. The present paper challenges this conclusion. It argues that collective deprivation affects participa...

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Published in:Journal of quantitative criminology
Main Author: Varaine, Simon (Author)
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Published: 2020
In:Journal of quantitative criminology
Year: 2020, Volume: 36, Issue: 3, Pages: 667-699
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Summary:Studies generally find no relationship between economic deprivation and terrorist activities, leading to the conclusion that economic conditions have no role in the emergence of terrorist movements. The present paper challenges this conclusion. It argues that collective deprivation affects participation into terrorism, but in different directions depending on the ideology of terrorist movements: far-right terrorism should mobilize more under times of collective deprivation while far-left terrorism should mobilize more under times of collective improvement.
ISSN:1573-7799
DOI:10.1007/s10940-019-09422-z