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In the weeks following the 911 attacks the main- stream political elite in Washington dc acqui- esced to every major decision taken by George W. Bushs administration while partisan politics in Congress ceased. As a nation and its represen- tatives rallied around their leader the diversity of opinions and the role of political opposition seemed suddenly less vital. A similar unity materi- alized in the aftermath of the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in January 2015 as millions marched across Paris and the Marseillaise resonated throughout France. Emphasizing Frances distinctive struggle against terrorism between 1980 and 2016 Bullets Bombs and Politicians presents a compar- ative analysis of how political elites react to ter- rorist attacks in ve western democratic states. Demonstrating that the magnitude and frequency of terrorist acts determines whether political elites rally around the ag or rail against the govern- ment Christophe Chowanietz formulates hypothe- ses on the likely impact of various patterns of terrorist actions. He rst tests these hypotheses quantitatively in relation to an existing database of incidents and then qualitatively in the effects that terrorist attacks have had in France. Shedding light on the difference in reactions between main- stream radical right-wing and left-wing parties Chowanietz argues that terrorism never fails to disrupt the political game. In an age when the news is dominated by terrorist threats and debates on what to do about them Bombs Bullets and Politicians offers a per- tinent analysis of the relationship between terror- ism and the conduct of the Wests party politics. Christophe Chowanietz is professor of political science at John Abbott College. 2 3 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 6 P O L I T I C A L S C I E N C E S E C U R I T Y S T U D I E S Bombs Bullets and Politicians Frances Response to Terrorism christophe chowanietz An in-depth and comparative inquiry into the reactions of political elites in the aftermath of terrorist attacks. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S December 2016 978-0-7735-4795-7 32.95T CDN 29.95T US 22.99 cloth 6 x 9 216pp Ebook available