Terrorism, Economic Development, and Political Openness

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Februar 2008



This collection explores how terrorism is related to poverty in developing countries and their political openness.


Overview: terrorism, economic development, and political openness Philip Keefer and Norman Loayza; Part I. The Costs of Terrorism: 1. Economic consequences of terrorism in developed and developing countries: an overview Walter Enders and Todd Sandler; 2. The costs of responding to the terrorist threat: the US case Gregory F. Treverton, Justin L. Adams, James Dertouzos, Arindam Dutta, Susan S. Everingham and Eric V. Larson; Part II. Development, Democracy, and the Origins of Terrorism: 3. From (no) butter to guns? Understanding the economic role in transnational terrorism S. Brock Blomberg and Gregory D. Hess; 4. The Lexus and the olive branch: globalization, democratization, and terrorism S. Brock Blomberg and Gregory D. Hess; 5. Kto Kogo?: a cross-country study of the origins and targets of terrorism Alan B. Krueger and David D. Laitin; 6. Terrorism and civil war Nicholas Sambanis; Part III. The Origins of Terrorists: 7. The political, economic and organizational sources of terrorism David D. Laitin and Jacob Shapiro; 8. Economics and terrorism: what we know, what we should know, and the data we need Fernanda Llusa and Jose Tavares.


Review of the hardback: 'Terrorism is a global scourge that can often seem inexplicable. This superb volume, edited by Keefer and Loayza, turns the cold light of social science onto this hottest of topics. The book's essays teach us about the organization of terrorist units and the origins of terrorists and the costs of fighting terrorism. I can only hope that political decision-makers, from presidents to ordinary voters, read this book and use its wisdom to make better decisions about how to respond to terror.' Edward L. Glaeser, Harvard University Review of the hardback: 'Terrorism is one of the greatest challenges the world faces today, but we still do not have a clear idea of the relationships between it and economic development as well as between it and political openness. This book, which includes contributions by many leading authorities on the subject of terrorism, makes a major contribution to clarifying these relationships. It makes two important points: First, contrary to the view expressed by many, poverty is not directly responsible for terrorism. Second, greater political openness and better quality of government can inhibit the emergence of terrorist organizations as they are inversely associated with the emergence of such organizations. Clearly these relationships must be further investigated in some depth, and the book is a valuable guide to possible future research in this important area.' Michael D. Intriligator, University of California, Los Angeles Review of the hardback: 'An impressive roster of scholars offer a level of analysis in marked contrast to the continuing deluge of often superficial works on how to defeat terrorism. Along the way, they demolish some powerful myths - that terrorism is caused by individual poverty, or that terrorism is the outcome of irrational behavior - while raising fascinating new policy-relevant issues. Full of insights, my copy is heavily underlined. Bravo!' Brian Jenkins, RAND Corporation
EAN: 9780521887588
ISBN: 0521887585
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: Februar 2008
Seitenanzahl: 308 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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