The causes and consequences of terrorism are matters of considerable debate and great interest. Spectacular events are recognized by their dates, including the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington and the 7/7 London bombings. Many other attacks, including those in non-Western countries, receive far less attention even though they may be more frequent and cumulatively cause more casualties.
In Terrorism: What Everyone Needs to KnowRG, leading economist Todd Sandler provides a broad overview of a persistently topical topic. The general issues he examines include what terrorism is, its causes, the roles of terrorist groups, how governments seek to counter terrorism, its economic consequences, and the future of terrorism. He focuses on the modern era and how specific motivations, ranging from nationalism/separatism to left- or right-wing extremism or religious ideals, and
general conditions, such as poverty and inequality or whether a country is democratic or authoritarian, affect the frequency and costs of terrorism.
The diversity of terrorist groups and type of attacks can be overwhelming, and Sandler provides a unifying framework to generate insight: strategic interaction. That is, like other organizations, terrorist groups organize to pursue goals and respond in an optimal fashion to a risky environment that can influence the group's size, its diversity of attacks, its regional location, its host country's characteristics, and the group's ideology. Terrorists also responded to enhanced security measures
by altering their tactics, targets, and location. As such, they are formidable opponents to their stronger government adversaries. Governments, in turn, pursue various costly strategies to prevent terrorism, including passive barriers and active attacks against terrorists, their resources, and those
who support them.
Terrorism covers numerous questions on the subject and sheds lights on a wide-range of theoretical and empirical research.
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Number of pages: 208
Weight: 350 g
Dimensions: 213 x 149 x 17 mm
"This book provides concisely written, authoritative and insightful overviews of significant topics in the study of terrorism and counterterrorism in a question-and-answer format." --PERSPECTIVES ON TERRORISM
"This short book by a well-known expert on terrorism is a refreshing addition to a long list of works written on the subject. It is written for the general reader and logically organized. Following a general introduction that lays out what terrorism is, kinds of terrorism, and why we should be concerned, each chapter tackles critical topics with ample information, including data and figures.The historical and analytic discussion presents different causes:
poverty, education, politics, religion, and income inequality. Sandler (UT Dallas) argues that researchers have never established a link between poverty and terrorism, or between globalization and
terrorism, and these are critical areas for research. This highly insightful work is a compelling introduction to the subject."
--B. A. Yesilada, Portland State University, CHOICE