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Patterns of Collective Desistance from Terrorism: Fundamental Measurement Challenges


Patterns of Collective Desistance from Terrorism: Fundamental Measurement Challenges

Abstract: 

To better understand why perpetrator organizations desist from terrorist violence, we must first understand how perpetrator organizations desist from terrorist violence. Here, I aim to improve our empirical understanding of patterns of collective desistance from terrorism in support of a robust research agenda to advance theory and policy on this topic. I discuss two key challenges for empirical analysis of collective desistance from terrorism: operationalization of perpetrator organizations, and operationalization of collective desistance. To illustrate these challenges, I leverage more than 40 years of event data from the Global Terrorism Database among organizations that carried out terrorist attacks between 1970 and 2013. Using descriptive statistics, I critically evaluate the implications of large-N analyses and illustrate their strengths and limitations.

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Miller, Erin. 2016. "Patterns of Collective Desistance from Terrorism: Fundamental Measurement Challenges." Perspectives on Terrorism 10 (October): 5-21. http://www.terrorismanalysts.com/pt/index.php/pot/article/view/538

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Erin Miller
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