The Impact of 9/11 on Research on Terrorism

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Constructing government policy without evidence is building on sand. If the result does not fail and collapse it is only because of luck and good fortune. For a very long time, governments across the globe have developed counter-terrorism policy in the absence of good evidence to guide decisions, resourcing and legalisation. One may think that this is because terrorism is a new problem and, as a result, evidence is lacking in many areas. Consequently, one could argue that hunches, assumptions, anecdotes and personal fears and expectations are acceptable foundations for policy (in the absence of anything better).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMapping Terrorism Research
Subtitle of host publicationState of The Art, Gaps and Future Direction
EditorsMagnus Ranstorp
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9780203969007
ISBN (Print)9780415457781, 9780415399913
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • terrorism studies
  • 9/11
  • impact of 9/11
  • research on terrorism

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