Behavioural Economics and Terrorism: Law Enforcement and Patterns of Behaviour

Phillips, Peter J. and Pohl, Gabriela (2021) Behavioural Economics and Terrorism: Law Enforcement and Patterns of Behaviour. Taylor & Francis (Routledge), New York. ISBN 9780367700461


Abstract

Behavioural Economics and Terrorism can be used as a guide to help us think about thinking and, in doing so, to appreciate the deep quirkiness of human behaviour.

Each day, people draw on their understanding of human behaviour. This takes place subconsciously for the most part but as situations become more complex it becomes necessary to think more deliberately about how people make their decisions. This book can be used to better understand human action in such contexts.

In the high-stakes world of counter-terrorism, every angle of advantage is critical. From terrorists’ operational choices to the way that information flows through intelligence agencies, the book explains the patterns of behaviour that systematically shape human decision-making, for good and for bad.

Decision-makers’ use of reference points, their loss aversion, overconfidence, goals and aspirations all shape their choices under conditions of risk and uncertainty. This book helps to shed light on how to use these concepts (and more) to develop deeper insights into the way in which terrorists think about their attack methods and targets.


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Item Type: Book (Commonwealth Reporting Category A)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Humanities and Communication (1 Mar 2019 -)
Date Deposited: 12 May 2021 00:34
Last Modified: 12 May 2021 01:56
Uncontrolled Keywords: Terrorism, Intelligence, Behavioural Economics, Counter-terrorism, Decision Theory, Psychology, Law Enforcement
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170202 Decision Making
16 Studies in Human Society > 1606 Political Science > 160604 Defence Studies
14 Economics > 1401 Economic Theory > 140104 Microeconomic Theory
Fields of Research (2020): 38 ECONOMICS > 3801 Applied economics > 380102 Behavioural economics
38 ECONOMICS > 3803 Economic theory > 380304 Microeconomic theory
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4408 Political science > 440804 Defence studies
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810107 National Security
A Defence > 81 Defence > 8101 Defence > 810105 Intelligence
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 14 DEFENCE > 1401 Defence > 140105 Intelligence, surveillance and space
14 DEFENCE > 1401 Defence > 140109 National security
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781003144373
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/41095

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