Legislative governance in times of international terrorism

König, Thomas ; Finke, Daniel

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0022002713503298
URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/00220...
Additional URL: http://www.mzes.uni-mannheim.de/d7/de/publications...
Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2015
The title of a journal, publication series: The Journal of Conflict Resolution : JCR
Volume: 59
Issue number: 2
Page range: 262-282
Place of publication: Thousand Oaks, Calif. [u.a.]
Publishing house: Sage Periodicals Press
ISSN: 0022-0027 , 1552-8766
Publication language: English
Institution: Außerfakultäre Einrichtungen > Mannheim Centre for European Social Research - Research Department B
School of Social Sciences > Politikwissenschaft, Europäische Politik (König 2007-)
Subject: 320 Political science
Abstract: How do political parties with different policy-making interests and veto power respond to international terrorism—can coalition parties and bicameral legislatures overcome their policy-making tensions and form a unified front for adopting counterterrorist measures? This study examines German counterterrorist legislation before and after the attacks of 9/11 by using a dictionary-based computerized text analysis. Our findings demonstrate that in times of low threat, the level of intra-coalition and bicameral conflict decreases the likelihood of counterterrorist legislation. However, in the event of a high external threat, this effect disappears despite the continuing divergence in partisan policy preferences. This suggests that a high external threat imposes inaction costs on political parties, which they attempt to avoid by adopting counterterrorist measures in the legislative arena.

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