Causes of Terrorism

Groups choose this after weighing other options they

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Unformatted text preview: t against its citizens Often molded by geography, belligerents further away, terrorist nearer home What counterterrorism policies flow from this? Rational Choice: Martha Crenshaw Terrorists are often portrayed as irrational, but actually it is an instrumental choice made for strategic reasons. Groups choose this after weighing other options They don’t have to mobilize population Window of opportunity Economic cost low 2 main strains of theorizing: 1) terrorism is cost effective – they want to maximize benefits and minimize costs average cost of a suicide bomber in Palestine = $125 2) terrorist operate with a collective rationality – as a group, as unitary actors, defined by a stable, ordered group of preferences once you get into the group your individual pr...
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