Terrorist Manipulation of the Democratic Process

  • John B. Wolf
Part of the Criminal Justice and Public Safety book series (CJPS)


The political process is often conceived of as a bargaining, whereby an assortment of goals and values is maximized relative to the amount of power that can be marshaled in their behalf. Competition within this process is not often free; it is subject to manipulation by special-interest groups, which, by virtue of particular qualities, are able to maximize their ends at the expense of other, less fortunate groups. Occasionally these disadvantaged groups become dissatisfied with their subordinate position, and seek to tilt the political process to create a political climate which is more receptive to their demands. Often they accomplish this objective by introducing new methods of political action, which enhance their ability to compete. These new political methods are frequently quite violent.


Organize Crime Police Department Terrorist Group Democratic Process Democratic State 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • John B. Wolf
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  1. 1.John Jay College of Criminal JusticeThe City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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