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The Political Economy of Terrorism



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This is the 2nd edition with a publication date of 11/14/2011.

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The Political Economy of Terrorism presents a widely accessible political economy approach to the study of terrorism. It applies economic methodology theoretical and empirical combined with political analysis and realities to the study of domestic and transnational terrorism. In so doing, the book provides both a qualitative and quantitative investigation of terrorism in a balanced up-to-date presentation that informs students, policy makers, researchers and the general reader of the current state of knowledge. Included are historical aspects, a discussion of watershed events, the rise of modern-day terrorism, examination of current trends, the dilemma of liberal democracies, evaluation of counterterrorism, analysis of hostage incidents and much more. The new edition expands coverage of every chapter, adds a new chapter on terrorist network structures and organization, accounts for changes in the Department of Homeland Security and the USA Patriot Act and insurance against terrorism. Rational-actor models of terrorist and government behavior and game-theoretic analysis are presented for readers with no prior theoretical training. Where relevant, the authors display graphs using data from International Terrorism: Attributes of Terrorist Events (ITERATE), the Global Terrorism Database (GTD), and other public-access data sets.

Author Biography

Walter Enders holds the Bidgood Chair of Economics and Finance at the University of Alabama. Todd Sandler is the Vibhooti Shukla Professor of Economics and Political Economy at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Figuresp. viii
Prefacep. xiii
Terrorism: An Introductionp. 1
The Dilemma of Liberal Democraciesp. 28
Statistical Studies and the Dynamics of Terrorist Behaviorp. 61
Counterterrorismp. 103
Transferencep. 138
International Cooperation: Dilemma and Inhibitorsp. 170
Hostage Takingp. 201
Terrorist Groups and Their Organizationp. 238
Before and After 9/11p. 269
The Economic Impact of Terrorismp. 288
Homeland Securityp. 317
The Future of Terrorismp. 345
Referencesp. 363
Author Indexp. 379
Subject Indexp. 383
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