How to fight terrorism: the relevance of qualitative economics

Phillips, Peter J. (2013) How to fight terrorism: the relevance of qualitative economics. Applied Economics Quarterly, 59 (3). pp. 197-207. ISSN 1611-6607


Using qualitative comparative statics we analyse terrorist choice and government strategy in a context where the qualities or characteristics of the terrorist’s various alternatives are salient to his decision-making. Orthodox choice theory can be used to show what happens when government strategy increases the terrorist’s material or opportunity costs. However, when such a government strategy deliberately or inadvertently emphasises or advertises a particular quality or characteristic of a particular legitimate alternative to political violence, it is possible that this information, intended to alert terrorists to changes in relative costs, increases rather than decreases terrorism. The analysis complements the application of the orthodox model of choice to the study of terrorist behaviour and provides additional insights that are relevant for the development of effective government strategy.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: All content is owned by the publisher, Duncker & Humblot GmbH. The access to the Online-Platforms will be via the internet. Accepted and Published Versions not accessible.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Commerce
Date Deposited: 03 Jan 2014 02:28
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2018 05:33
Uncontrolled Keywords: Qualitative, Comparative Statics, Terrorist Choice, Advertising, Government Strategy, Orthodox Choice Theory, Opportunity Costs, Political Violence.
Fields of Research : 14 Economics > 1402 Applied Economics > 140213 Public Economics-Public Choice
14 Economics > 1401 Economic Theory > 140104 Microeconomic Theory
Socio-Economic Objective: A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810107 National Security
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970114 Expanding Knowledge in Economics
Identification Number or DOI: 10.3790/aeq.59.3.197

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