The Political Consequences of Terrorism: Terror Events, Casualties, and Government Duration Academic Article uri icon


  • How does transnational terrorism affect the stability of parliamentary governments? Does terrorism cause some governments to fail prematurely and/or does it enhance the probability that some governments will stay in office longer than they otherwise would? Using a duration model on a sample of 18 advanced parliamentary democracies between the late-1960s and 2003, we find that terrorism exacerbates the likelihood of government failure for some governments but not others. Our principal finding is that right-oriented governments are able to keep their hold on power more than left-wing governments when confronted with transnational terrorism. © 2012 International Studies Association.

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  • 11.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Williams, L. K., Koch, M. T., & Smith, J. M.

citation count

  • 11

publication date

  • October 2012