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Journal Article

Attitudes and Action: Public Opinion and the Occurrence of International Terrorism

Alan B. Krueger and Jitka Malečková
Science
New Series, Vol. 325, No. 5947 (Sep. 18, 2009), pp. 1534-1536
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/40301829
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Attitudes and Action: Public Opinion and the Occurrence of International Terrorism
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Abstract

The predictors of terrorism are unclear. This paper examines the effect of public opinion in one country toward another country on the number of terrorist attacks perpetrated by people or groups from the former country against targets in the latter country. Public opinion was measured by thepercentage of people in Middle Eastern and North African countries who disapprove of the leadership of nine world powers. Count models for 143 pairs of countries were used to estimate the effect of public opinion on terrorist incidents, controlling for other relevant variables and origincountry fixed effects. We found a greater incidence of international terrorism when people of oe country disapprove of the leadership of another country.

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