Mechanisms of Political Radicalization: Pathways Toward Terrorism

  title={Mechanisms of Political Radicalization: Pathways Toward Terrorism},
  author={Clark McCauley and Sophia Moskalenko},
  journal={Terrorism and Political Violence},
  pages={415 - 433}
This article conceptualizes political radicalization as a dimension of increasing extremity of beliefs, feelings, and behaviors in support of intergroup conflict and violence. Across individuals, groups, and mass publics, twelve mechanisms of radicalization are distinguished. For ten of these mechanisms, radicalization occurs in a context of group identification and reaction to perceived threat to the ingroup. The variety and strength of reactive mechanisms point to the need to understand… 

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