Counterterrorism Policy Responses After a Major Attack

Katherine Allebach, Susquehanna University

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Both domestically and internationally, counter terrorism policy is a crucial and universal challenge of countries in the modern era. Where do countries generate their counter terrorism policy and how does it change after terrorist attacks? Using Policy Convergence Theory (PCT), this paper attempts to explore how counter terrorism policy changes and is adopted after a large-scale attack. PCT argues that governments of a similar economic track will ultimately create similar policies in all policy genres, but this theory has not been examined in light of the threat of terrorism. This paper’s objective is to evaluate the role and existence of PCT in counterterrorism policy. Using original research of case studies of Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, India, and France, I find positive evidence that policy convergence is present in nearly all cases of response to major terrorist attacks.

 
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Counterterrorism Policy Responses After a Major Attack

Both domestically and internationally, counter terrorism policy is a crucial and universal challenge of countries in the modern era. Where do countries generate their counter terrorism policy and how does it change after terrorist attacks? Using Policy Convergence Theory (PCT), this paper attempts to explore how counter terrorism policy changes and is adopted after a large-scale attack. PCT argues that governments of a similar economic track will ultimately create similar policies in all policy genres, but this theory has not been examined in light of the threat of terrorism. This paper’s objective is to evaluate the role and existence of PCT in counterterrorism policy. Using original research of case studies of Indonesia, Turkey, Russia, Spain, the United Kingdom, India, and France, I find positive evidence that policy convergence is present in nearly all cases of response to major terrorist attacks.