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Terrorism as a process: A critical review of Moghaddam's "Staircase to terrorism" model
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Leadership and Management (ILM).ORCID iD: 0000-0001-8274-6065
Swedish National Defence College, Department of Security and Strategic Studies (ISS).
2011 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 52, no 6, 609-616 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study reviews empirical evidence for Moghaddam’s model “Staircase to Terrorism,” which portrays terrorism as a process of six consecutive steps culminating in terrorism. An extensive literature search, where 2,564 publications on terrorism were screened, resulted in 38 articles which were subject to further analysis. The results showed that while most of the theories and processes linked to Moghaddam’s model are supported by empirical evidence, the proposed transitions between the different steps are not. These results may question the validity of a linear stepwise model and may suggest that a combination of mechanisms/factors could combine in different ways to produce terrorism.

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2011. Vol. 52, no 6, 609-616 p.
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Ledarskap under påfrestande förhållanden; Statsvetenskap med inriktning mot strategi och säkerhetspolitik
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-2554DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-9450.2011.00918.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-2554DiVA: diva2:525915
Available from: 2012-05-09 Created: 2012-05-09 Last updated: 2017-01-04Bibliographically approved

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