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Theoretical Perspectives and Methodological Approaches

  • Cato Hemmingby
  • Tore Bjørgo
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Abstract

Terrorist target selection processes may be profoundly complex and dynamic, affected by a considerable number of different of variables. Hence, a solid theoretical and methodological approach is important. This study has used a generic typology as a starting point for structuring variables found, and applied case study process tracing in order to establish when decisions related to the target selection have been made, and even more importantly, to find the reasons for the choices made.

Keywords

case study external factors ideology interaction internal factors methodology process tracing strategy theory typology unpredictability 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Cato Hemmingby
    • 1
  • Tore Bjørgo
    • 1
  1. 1.Norwegian Police University CollegeNorway

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