The Department of Government
The Department of Government

International Relations Speaker Series- Clint Peinhardt

Multinational Corporations and Political Violence

Fri, October 7, 2016 | BAT 5.108

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Studies of political risk have paid scant attention to risks that arise from non-state actors,

including terrorist groups, even though such risks are increasing. We explore the reasons that

multinational corporations (MNCs) become attractive targets for terrorism and, using the Global

Terrorism Database (GTD), we examine whether the determinants of terrorist attacks against

MNCs mirror broader determinants of transnational terrorism. We find that many of the same

variables help to explain when MNCs become targets, but that such models have low explanatory

power. We therefore supplement models with behavioral measures drawn from automated event

coding. Our results suggest that existing approaches to studying political risk will need to be

supplemented with new data and more targeted theorizing to incorporate the rising importance

of non-state actors as a source of political risk.

Clint Peinhardt (Ph.D. University of Michigan) specializes in International Relations, particularly International Political Economy and International Organizations. In addition to teaching classes on those subjects at UTD's School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences, his research investigates the intersection of international politics, economics, and law. Recent papers analyze the international "rules" governing foreign investment via investment treaties, as well as financial liberalization, such as the opening of stock markets to foreign investors and the process of recruiting multinational corporations to new sites of production. Other work explores domestic political support for globalization across countries.


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