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Types of Minority Discrimination and Terrorism


  • James A. Piazza


Qualitative research suggests that discrimination against minority groups precipitates terrorism in countries. This study adds to this body of research by determining which specific manifestations of minority discrimination—political, socioeconomic or cultural—are important and substantive predictors of terrorist activity. To do so, I conduct a series of negative binomial estimations and substantive effects simulations on a cross-national dataset of terrorist attacks and the treatment of minority groups in four specific areas: political participation and representation, economic status, religious and language rights. The results indicate that socioeconomic discrimination against minorities is the only consistently significant and highly substantive predictor of terrorism. The study concludes by discussing the implications of these findings to the scholarly literature on terrorism.

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  • James A. Piazza, 2012. "Types of Minority Discrimination and Terrorism," Conflict Management and Peace Science, Peace Science Society (International), vol. 29(5), pages 521-546, November.
  • Handle: RePEc:sae:compsc:v:29:y:2012:i:5:p:521-546

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