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Group-level Predictors of Political and Religiously Motivated Violence

The Handbook of the Criminology of TerrorismChapter summary

This chapter covers the current state of research on group level predictors of political and religiously motivated violence. It begins by explaining how group level data are collected and describes and compares existing group level datasets, including the Minorities at Risk Organizational Database (MAROB), the Big Allied and Dangerous (BAAD) dataset, and the U.S. Extremist Crime Database (ECDB). The research on group-level predictors is discussed in relation to specific traits: ideology, group size, alliances, group age, financial support, as well as other factors found in various studies.