The Organizational ApproachSome analysts, such as Crenshaw (1990: 250), take an organization approach toterrorism and see terrorism as a rational strategic course of action decided on bya group. In her view, terrorism is not committed by an individual. Rather, shecontends that “Acts of terrorism are committed by groups who reach collectivedecisions based on commonly held beliefs, although the level of individualcommitment to the group and its beliefs varies.”Crenshaw has not actually substantiated her contention with case studies thatshow how decisions are supposedly reached collectively in terrorist groups. Thatkind of inside information, to be sure, would be quite difficult to obtain without aLibrary of Congress – Federal Research Division The Sociology and Psychology of Terrorism17former decision-maker within a terrorist group providing it in the form of apublished autobiography or an interview, or even as a paid police informer.
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