chapter  3
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Methods and data

The purpose of this study is to examine the Turkey’s macro-level counterterror-

ism policies. To this end, both qualitative and quantitative techniques are

employed to address the issue: the impact of policies implemented by the

Turkish Government in reducing the level of PKK violence. Each policy is

examined, both individually (i.e., ceteris paribus) and collectively in two stages

to explain the ceteris paribus impact of each selected policy as well as the joint

effect of all policies. In the first stage, the descriptive analyses of two secondary

datasets that contain longitudinal time-series data are conducted. In the second

stage, statistical analyses (i.e., intervention and structural dynamics analyses) –

where applicable – are conducted by utilizing the vector auto-regression (VAR)

technique (a particular model for multiple time-series analyses).