Terrorism and the State
WZB Markets and Politics Working Paper No. FS IV 02 – 15
23 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2011
Date Written: September 22, 2002
This paper considers terrorism as an extortion activity. It uses tools from the theory of extortion and from conflict theory to describe how terrorism works, why terrorism is a persistent phenomenon, why terrorism is a violent phenomenon, and how retaliation affects the outcome. The analysis highlights the importance of information aspects and discusses some aspects of the organizational design.
Keywords: Terrorism, extortion, credibility, retaliation, Ismaili
JEL Classification: C72, D72, D74
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