Study School for MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management: 'Political Participation as Counter-Terrorism'

Series Name Civil Safety and Security Unit/Vaughan Centre for Lifelong Learning
Speaker Professor Matt Qvortrup
Type Lectures & Talks
When 24 Mar 2014, 05:30PM - 07:00PM
Venue Charles Wilson Building (4th Floor) Garendon Hall
Open To Public
Ticket Price Free
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Biography: Dr Matt Qvortrup is an internationally recognised comparative political scientist and constitutional lawyer, with extensive experience as a diplomat, as a civil servant and as a broadcaster. He earned his doctorate in politics at Brasenose College, Oxford University, and has a Graduate Diploma of Law, at the College of Law, London. In 2012, Dr Qvortrup was awarded the Oxford University Law Prize and a PSA Prize for best paper. He is the author of more than 40 refereed articles and is a regular contributor to the BBC World, and has written Op-Eds for The Times, The Guardian, the Scotsman, the Sun and the Glasgow Herald.

Title of the talk: Political Participation as Counter-Terrorism

Abstract: In this talk Dr Qvortrup will argue that domestic (or ‘home-grown’) terrorism in Western Europe occurs more frequently in countries with majoritarian political systems (typically first-past-the-post electoral systems and single-party governments) than in countries with consensus political systems (typically countries with PR electoral systems and coalition governments). Based on a survey of all domestic terrorist incidents in Western Europe from 1985 to 2010 - as well as on data from 36 democracies around the world, I show that there are strong negative correlations between consensus institutions and levels of terrorism; that is, the more proportional the political system is, the lower the levels of terrorism . Thus domestic terrorism tends to occur when minorities are excluded from the decision-making process on matters they find important. These findings indicate that constitutional engineering provides a more promising model of counter-terrorism than the prevailing orthodoxy.

Time of this event: 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm

Venue: 4th Floor Charles Wilson Building, Garendon Hall

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