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Slipping Off the Edge: How and why Democratic Regimes Fall into Excess in their Fight against Terrorism

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Democratic regimes’ resorting to excessive force when fighting against terrorists is chrestomathically defined as “deviations” or “mistakes”. However, the frequency with which such “deviations” and “mistakes” take place and regular repetition of several scenarios give us the right to speak not so much about random dysfunctions as about standard political situations in whose framework, contrary to assertions of democracies’ immanent softness and moderation in administering violence even to their avowed enemies, democratic regimes with high probability can apply excessive force to their armed antagonists. This article wants to probe deeper into the question of the causes of such behaviour of democratic governments and to outline most probable sociopolitical scenarios of these governments’ falling into excess while combating terrorists.


International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences (Volume 68)
D. Proshin "Slipping Off the Edge: How and why Democratic Regimes Fall into Excess in their Fight against Terrorism", International Letters of Social and Humanistic Sciences, Vol. 68, pp. 49-54, 2016
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