Ethnic groups, political exclusion and domestic terrorism

Seung Whan Choi, James A. Piazza

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This study examines whether the exclusion of ethnic groups from political power is an important contributing factor to domestic terrorism. To empirically test this question, we employ a negative binomial regression estimation on 130 countries during the period from 1981 to 2005. We find that countries in which certain ethnic populations are excluded from political power are significantly more likely to experience domestic terrorist attacks and to suffer from terrorist casualties; furthermore, ethnic group political exclusion is a more consistent and substantive predictor of domestic terrorist activity than general political repression or economic discrimination.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)37-63
Number of pages27
JournalDefence and Peace Economics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Economics and Econometrics


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