Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Impact of gender inequality and religion on how states experience terrorism
by Salman, Aneela, D.A., State University of New York at Albany, 2013, 191; 3611897
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation includes three essays that present a quantitative analysis of the policy implications of gender equality and religious attitudes as predictors of terrorism at the state level using a broad dataset. Essay one focuses on impact of gender equality, especially women's political empowerment on terrorism, both domestic and transnational. The second essay examines both gender equality attitudes and actual outcomes in social, economic and political spheres, to measure their effect on terrorism. The third essay analyzes the relation of religiousness in a society with incidents and lethality of terrorism. The overall findings of this thesis suggest that attitudes and norms of gender equality matter with regard to terrorism, but practices and outcomes matter more. Results also indicate that religious attitudes of a society are associated with lethality of terror attack. These findings have important policy implications for rethinking prevention of terrorism in an effective and innovative manner. The results strongly support investment in women's rights programs, promotion of religious tolerance and provision of social services as indirect policy solutions to curb the conditions that foster terrorism.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Asal, Victor
Commitee: Deloughery, Kathleen, Eubanks, Virginia, Rethemeyer, Karl
School: State University of New York at Albany
Department: Public Administration and Policy
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 75/06(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Womens studies, Political science, Public policy
Keywords: Gender inequality, Policy implications, Quantitative analysis, Religion, Terrorism, World values survey
Publication Number: 3611897
ISBN: 978-1-303-72998-0
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