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Chapter 13: Can Terrorism Be Rational?
Can Terrorism Be Rational?
Exercise 13-1. Modeling Terrorism
Principles discusses a game of terrorism played between any of three types of social groups and either of two types of governments. What we see from the analysis is that although terrorist activity is sometimes carried out by uncompromising individuals who believe in using violence under any circumstances, and who cannot be reasoned with, in other instances it can result from groups of people who would genuinely be willing to talk if the government would let them. However, perceptions are critical to this process and outcome.
True Believers are committed to violence, even if a government would be willing to talk with them. For them, preferences are Terrorist act > Good-faith negotiations > Being repressed.