Does Torture Work?

ISBN : 9780190872816

John W. Schiemann
336 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Jan 2018
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Is interrogational torture effective? What do we mean by effective? How brutal can torture get and be considered justifiable? In this book, John W. Schiemann adopts game theory in an attempt to answer these questions, walking the reader through the logic of interrogational torture--and finding that it is far more brutal than proponents believe.


List of Figures; List of Tables; Preface; Acknowledgments; 1. Interrogating Torture; 2. Dangerous Torment; 3. Benchmarking Interrogational Torture; 4. A Quixotic Model of Interrogational Torture; 5. A Realistic Model of Interrogational Torture; 6. A Brutal Logic; 7. A Matter of Calculation; 8. Surprise Torture; 9. Ambiguous Information and False Confirmation; 10. Valuable Information, Selective Torture; 11. Torturing Innocents, Resisting Torture; 12. Torture's Garden; 13. Torture's Confession; Postscript; Appendices; Appendix A: The RIT Model; Appendix B: Comparative Statics Analysis; Appendix C: Observations and Propositions; Notes; References; Index

About the author: 

John W. Schiemann is Associate Professor of Political Science at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

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