Terrorism in the Worlds of Welfare Capitalism
Tim Krieger and
Daniel Meierrieks ()
No 22, Working Papers CIE from Paderborn University, CIE Center for International Economics
This contribution investigates the link between welfare policies and domestic terrorism for 15 Western European countries during 1984-2003. We argue that welfare policies improve national socio-economic conditions and thus increase the opportunity costs of terrorism. We investigate whether spending in certain policy fields translates into a reduction of terrorism, and whether certain worlds of welfare capitalism [Esping-Andersen (1990)] are more resistant to the threat of domestic terrorism. We find strong support that higher spending in certain policy fields is associated with a signficant reduction in domestic terrorist activity. Only moderate evidence indicates that the di¤erent worlds of welfare capitalism are differently prepared to deal with domestic terrorism. Spending - or the mere existence of a social system - seems to be more strongly associated with a reduction in domestic terrorism than the actual welfare systems' institutional design. Our findings are robust to a variety of specifications.
Keywords: Domestic Terrorism; Social Policy; Welfare Regimes; Worlds of Welfare Capitalism; Western Europe; Paradox of Redistribution; Beveridge vs. Bismarck (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: D74 H5 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 37 pages
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