Bringing the State Back into Terrorism Studies

Blakeley, Ruth (2007) Bringing the State Back into Terrorism Studies. European Political Science, 6 (3). pp. 228-235. ISSN 1680-4333. (doi: (Full text available)


Orthodox terrorism studies tend to focus on the activities of illiberal nonstate actors against the liberal democratic states in the North. It thus excludes state terrorism, which is one of a number of repressive tools that great powers from the North have used extensively in the global South in the service of foreign policy objectives. I establish the reasons for the absence of state terrorism from orthodox accounts of terrorism and argue that critical–normative approaches could help to overcome this major weakness.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: state terrorism, terrorism studies, political violence, torture, repression
Subjects: J Political Science
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Politics and International Relations
Depositing User: R.J. Blakeley
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2008 10:40 UTC
Last Modified: 07 Aug 2018 08:49 UTC
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