Constructing a global counterterrorist legislation database: dilemmas, procedures, and preliminary analyses
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Counterterrorist legislation is one of the main ways in which countries, particularly democracies, respond to terror attacks. Yet, there is to date no comprehensive cross-national database of counterterrorist legislation. This article introduces an overarching global counterterrorist legislation database (GCLD), covering more than 1,000 laws in 219 countries and territories over the years 1850-2009. I present the dilemmas and difficulties involved in constructing a global terrorism database and explain how these difficulties were addressed when assembling the current database. The article also brings descriptive statistics and analyses of the data, focusing on the historical development of global counterterrorist legislation and on the regional distribution of this legislation. It concludes with some recommendations for future researchers who may want to use the database.
Shor, E. (2011). Constructing a global counterterrorist legislation database: dilemmas, procedures, and preliminary analyses. Journal of Terrorism Research, 2(3), pp. 49-77.
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