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Societal Adjustments to the Threat of Terrorist Attacks

Seymour Spilerman; Guy Stecklov

Title:
Societal Adjustments to the Threat of Terrorist Attacks
Author(s):
Spilerman, Seymour
Stecklov, Guy
Date:
Type:
Working papers
Department:
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy
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Series:
ISERP Working Papers
Part Number:
08-04
Publisher:
Institute for Social and Economic Research and Policy, Columbia University
Publisher Location:
New York
Abstract:
Terrorist attacks in the United States and in Western Europe have been rare and the public awareness of the terrorist menace has largely been molded by a few horrific events. In contrast, other countries have experienced chronic terrorism, with attacks on buses, restaurants, coffee shops, and retail establishments. In this paper we assess the impact of terrorism on civilian society in the United States, Northern Ireland, and Israel. We examine the psychological effects, the adaptations made by individuals to enhance their safety, and the consequent adjustments made by institutional actors and by commercial establishments to ensure continued economic viability. We review the various theories of societal adjustments to exogenous shocks, and point out that a very different formulation is required for the case of chronic terrorism than for the societal experience of a one-time attack.
Subject(s):
Social research
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