Democracies face acute dilemmas when confronting acts of violence which fall under the rubric of terrorism. Overreaction can alienate the population, damaging government legitimacy as much as the actions of small terrorist groups. At the same time, if government, judiciary, police and military prove incapable of upholding the law and protecting life and property, then their credibility and authority will be undermined. Concerted acts of violence or threats of such are a challenge which demands steady, painstaking response, lest the state compromise its very legitimacy through the measures enacted and public confidence lost.
Constitutionalism and Democratic Responsibilities • The Roots of Terrorism: Economic Development, Political Instability • Liberal Democracy as a Target of Terrorism • Democracy and Terrorism. Terrorism Democracy and Globalisation • The Impact of Counter-Terrorism Objectives on Democratization • Researching Democracy and Terrorism: How Political Access Affects • Promoting Democracy through International Organizations • Irish Republicanism and the Internet: Support for New Wave Dissidents • The Determinants of Terrorist Targeting of Airplanes and Airports • Terrorism the Media and the Government: Perspectives, Trends and Options • The Response to Terrorism as a Threat to Liberal Democracy • The Tension between Combating Terrorism and Protecting Civil Liberties • Bibliography
Author: Sudhir Manav
Features: HB, Swastik Pub