Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: What directs a terrorist?
Authors: Pittel, Karen
Rübbelke, Dirk T.G.
DOI: 10.1080/10242690600554914
Published in: Defence and Peace Economics
Volume(Issue): 17
Issue: 4
Page(s): 311
Pages to: 328
Issue Date: 2006
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1024-2694
Language: English
Subjects: Terrorism; Impure public goods
Subject (DDC): 303: Social processes
363: Environmental and security problems
Abstract: Terrorist models often focus on one kind of agent as well as one motive to pursue terrorism. Our model diverges from such standard approaches by taking account of the reasoning of the terrorist-organization leader as well as the reasoning of the individual terrorist. This allows us to observe the influence of the leader on the individual terrorist. Furthermore, we distinguish different motives that influence the individual agent’s activities. More precisely, we consider terrorist support as an impure public good generating different characteristics. Moreover, we allow the leader to influence the individual terrorist’s activities via different technologies; and finally, we take account of the fact that individual terrorists may develop a strong feeling of belongingness to the organization. In our framework, it is possible to explain why rational terrorists support terrorism and even commit suicide attacks. In line with empirical findings, income levels play no decisive factor in terrorists’ readiness to commit such attacks.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: School of Management and Law
Organisational Unit: Center for Economic Policy (FWP)
Appears in collections:Publikationen School of Management and Law

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