Drivers of Violent Extremism: Hypotheses and Literature Review

Independent critical analysis of academic literature, published since 2000, on what causes violent extremism

Abstract

This review provides an independent critical analysis of the substantial academic literature, published since 2000, on what causes violent extremism.

The review examines the 17 hypotheses discussed in the 2008 DFID Paper titled ‘Drivers of Violent Extremism: Hypotheses and Evidence’ and discusses their validity. It aims to summarise the most important and credible academic literature, both in support of and against the hypothesis. The review is structured in sections for each hypothesis, preceded by an overall analytical assessment.

Citation

Allan, H.; Glazzard, A.; Jesperson, S.; Reddy-Tumu, S.; Winterbotham, E. Drivers of Violent Extremism: Hypotheses and Literature Review. Royal United Services Institute, London, UK (2015) 65 pp.

Drivers of Violent Extremism: Hypotheses and Literature Review

Published 1 January 2015