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The Political Economy of Terrorism

2nd Edition


  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107004566

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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.

    • Applies simple economic models and statistical analyses to provide unique perspective on study of terrorism, used at Centers of Excellence, funded by DHS
    • In addition to new bibliography and preface, the new edition updates most topics so as to reflect the recent literature
    • Accounts for changes with respect to DHS, the USA Patriot Act, insurance against terrorist incidents and other institutional concerns
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Professors Enders and Sandler are two of the most important scholars studying terrorism today, and the second edition of their book, The Political Economy of Terrorism, is an outstanding and in-depth overview of this subject, covering contributions from economics, political science, and related disciplines that I plan to use in my honors course on terrorism, counterterrorism, and weapons of mass destruction.' Michael D. Intriligator, University of California, Los Angeles

    'Long before terrorism became a fashionable field of academic study, Enders and Sandler contributed numerous dispassionate analyses emphasizing the choices terrorists (and governments) make given their objectives and payoffs from alternative options. Joining such game theory models with statistical investigations of terrorism and counterterrorism, the authors have brought together their best research with the findings of other leading scholars to produce a remarkably scientific study of terrorism and what to do about it.' Edward H. Kaplan, Yale University

    'There is perhaps no policy issue more in need of hard empirical evidence and objective analysis than terrorism. Walter Enders and Todd Sandler provide both in a comprehensive treatment that convincingly demonstrates that terrorists are often surprisingly rational while our approaches to terrorism are often less so.' Gary LaFree, Director, National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), University of Maryland

    'Enders and Sandler remain among the very best social scientists doing systematic comparative study on terrorism. This new edition is an essential statement of contemporary theory, evidence, and policy implications.' Bruce Russett, Yale University

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    Product details

    • Edition: 2nd Edition
    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107004566
    • length: 406 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 157 x 27 mm
    • weight: 0.66kg
    • contains: 62 b/w illus. 39 tables
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    1. Terrorism: an introduction
    2. The dilemma of liberal democracies
    3. Statistical studies and terrorist behavior
    4. Counterterrorism
    5. Transference
    6. International cooperation: dilemma and inhibitors
    7. Hostage taking
    8. Terrorist groups and their organization
    9. Before and after 9/11
    10. The economic impact of terrorism
    11. Homeland security
    12. The future of terrorism.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Introduction to Terrorism and Transnational Security
    • Issues in Criminal Justice
    • Political Economy of Middle East
    • Political Economy of Terrorism
    • Selected Issues in CJ: Terrorism
  • Authors

    Walter Enders, University of Alabama
    Walter Enders holds the Bidgood Chair of Economics and Finance at the University of Alabama. He has published numerous research articles in such journals as the Review of Economics and Statistics, Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Economic Review, Journal of Economics Literature, Journal of Business and Economic Statistics and the American Political Science Review. He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Conflict Resolution. Dr Enders' Applied Econometric Time-Series is a leading book in the field. In 2003, he was the co-recipient with Todd Sandler of the National Academy of Sciences Award for Behavioral Research Relevant to the Prevention of Nuclear War.

    Todd Sandler, University of Texas, Dallas
    Todd Sandler is the Vibhooti Shukla Professor of Economics and Political Economy at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has written or edited twenty-one books, including Global Collective Action, Economic Concepts for the Social Sciences, The Political Economy of NATO (with Keith Hartley) and Global Challenges: An Approach to Economic, Political, and Environmental Problems, as well as more than two hundred journal articles in economics and political science. His work on terrorism dates back to 1983. Professors Enders and Sandler coauthored the first edition of this title.

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