Terrorism, Economic Development, and Political Openness

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To what extent are terrorism and development related? What are the relative weights of the economic, political, and social aspects of development? What is the development impact of different responses to terrorism? This volume addresses these crucial questions, synthesizing what we know about the development links with terrorism and pointing out what we do not. Contributors to this volume examine the economic and fiscal costs of terrorism and the response to terrorism. They conclude that the economic costs of ...

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Overview

To what extent are terrorism and development related? What are the relative weights of the economic, political, and social aspects of development? What is the development impact of different responses to terrorism? This volume addresses these crucial questions, synthesizing what we know about the development links with terrorism and pointing out what we do not. Contributors to this volume examine the economic and fiscal costs of terrorism and the response to terrorism. They conclude that the economic costs of terrorism in rich countries are low, relative to the economic costs of combating terrorism; both are likely high in poor countries. They also report evidence on how development affects terrorism. This work supports the hypothesis that political development - political openness and the quality of government - is inversely associated with the emergence of terrorist organizations, but not that poverty per se is directly responsible for terrorism.

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"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

"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

"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

"Edited by two World Bank research economists, this collection analyzes the relationship between terrorism, economic development, and the political environment. Some papers explore the impact of terrorism on the economy, while others investigate the impact of economic, political, and social conditions on the incidence of terrorist behavior. Collectively, they make a compelling case that these impacts vary across countries in accordance with their levels of economic development and political openness." - Choice

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781107411272
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2012
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

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 José Tavares.

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