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The country has ceased to be under Communist Rule since December 1989. Since that period it has undergone many changes at political, social and economic levels and joined the European Union in 2007.

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Jeroen Gunning A Case for Critical Terrorism Studies?1 SINCE 9/11, STUDIES ON THE PHENOMENON OF TERRORISM HAVE mushroomed.2 On entering almost any bookshop, one is overwhelmed by the number of books discussing the war on terror, Islamic terrorism or terrorism more generally. Conference papers on terrorism abound and interest in issues related to terrorism has increased dramatically among scholars in cognate disciplines; degree programmes have been set up;3 funding opportunities have increased. And yet, as recent reviews of the eld have shown,4 core epistemological, methodological and political-normative problems persist, ranging from lack of conceptual clarity and theoretical sterility to political bias and a continuing dearth of primary research data. A number of reasons have been cited for this state of affairs, which will shortly be detailed. But two reasons are often overlooked: the predominance of problem-solving approaches in the study of terrorism, which accounts for many of the observed methodological 1 I would like to thank Ken Booth, Marie Breen Smyth, Stuart Croft, Frazer Egerton, John Horgan, Richard Jackson, Matt McDonald, Harmonie Toros and Michael Williams for their comments on earlier drafts of the paper and for many illuminating discussions on its subject matter. 2 The scare marks are intended to signal that terrorism is a deeply contested term, the analytical value of which has been und

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