Characteristics of Terrorism
Edward Elgar, HANDBOOK ON THE ECONOMICS CONFLICT, 2011
Posted: 19 Sep 2011 Last revised: 20 Oct 2011
Date Written: April 1, 2011
Individual terrorist are frequently behaving seemingly absurd, e.g. by carrying out suicide operations, while activities of the terrorist organizations as a whole often seem to be conducted in a very effective way. These facts caused many researchers to regard the leaders representing the organizations like rational entities, while the followers are supposed to be just obeying and, hence, to be irrational.
In this paper we offer a different approach which postulates rationality of all involved agents. We demonstrate how these agents' behavior could be modeled, while taking into account options of the terrorist leaders to influence their followers. From our model approaches to counter terrorism on both the leadership as well as the follower level can be derived.
Keywords: cognitive dissonance, joint production, Lancastrian characteristics approach, public goods, rationality, suicide attacks, terrorism
JEL Classification: D74, D69
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