Political Parties and Terrorist Groups
Routledge – 2009 – 192 pages
Series: Extremism and Democracy
This book is the definitive guide to the topical issue of the relationship between political parties that embrace the democratic process and terrorist groups which eschew the legal and procedural strictures of democracy.
The fully revised edition continues to provide the most detailed theoretical and empirical analysis of this controversial issue, highlighting the fluid nature of boundaries between terrorist organisation and legitimate political party. Drawing on a vast array of data, the authors examine a large number of international case studies from Italy, Spain, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran, Israel, Palestine, Peru, Argentina, Japan and Northern Ireland.
By incorporating substantial new material on ETA, Hizbollah and Hamas, this book retains its position at the forefront of the worldwide political discussion on terrorism, and continues to be essential reading for all students, academics and readers with an interest in security studies, terrorism and political violence
1. Introduction: Political Parties and Terrorist Groups 2. When Opposites Attract 3. When Political Parties Turn to Terrorism 4. When Terrorist Groups Turn To Party Politics 5. Political Movements, Political Parties and Terrorist Groups 6. A Pathway from Terrorism to Peaceful Political Party Competition 7. Political Parties and Terrorist Groups - Conclusions
Leonard Weinberg is Foundation Professor of Political Science at the University of Nevada. His books include, The Democratic Experience and Political Violence (2001, edited with David Rappaport) and The Emergence of a Euro-American Radical Right (1998, with Jeffrey Kaplan).
Ami Pedahzur is an Associate Professor at the department of government, University of Texas, Austin. His latest publications include: Root Causes of Suicide Terrorism (2006), Political Parties and Terrorist Groups (with Leonard Weinberg, 2003) and The Israeli Response to Jewish Extremism and Violence – Defending Democracy (2002).
Arie Perliger is adjunct faculty member in the School of Political Sciences, University of Haifa and research fellow at the National Security Studies Center in the University of Haifa, Israel.