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Terrorism: What Everyone Needs to Know®
Terrorism: What Everyone Needs to Know®
  • Addresses one of the most important security questions of the time and summarizes the state of terrorism over the last 50 years
  • Puts forward many well-researched views that are against conventional wisdom with respect to terrorism and counterterrorism
  • Views terrorists as rational actors, who respond in a predictable fashion to their environment


The causes and consequences of terrorism are matters of considerable debate and great interest. Spectacular events are recognized by their dates, including the 9/11 attacks in New York and Washington and the 7/7 London bombings. Many other attacks, including those in non-Western countries, receive far less attention even though they may be more frequent and cumulatively cause more casualties.
In Terrorism: What Everyone Needs to KnowRG, leading economist Todd Sandler provides a broad overview of a persistently topical topic. The general issues he examines include what terrorism is, its causes, the roles of terrorist groups, how governments seek to counter terrorism, its economic consequences, and the future of terrorism. He focuses on the modern era and how specific motivations, ranging from nationalism/separatism to left- or right-wing extremism or religious ideals, and general conditions, such as poverty and inequality or whether a country is democratic or authoritarian, affect the frequency and costs of terrorism. 
The diversity of terrorist groups and type of attacks can be overwhelming, and Sandler provides a unifying framework to generate insight: strategic interaction. That is, like other organizations, terrorist groups organize to pursue goals and respond in an optimal fashion to a risky environment that can influence the group's size, its diversity of attacks, its regional location, its host country's characteristics, and the group's ideology. Terrorists also responded to enhanced security measures by altering their tactics, targets, and location. As such, they are formidable opponents to their stronger government adversaries. Governments, in turn, pursue various costly strategies to prevent terrorism, including passive barriers and active attacks against terrorists, their resources, and those who support them.
Terrorism covers numerous questions on the subject and sheds lights on a wide-range of theoretical and empirical research.


1 A Primer on Terrorism
2 Causes of Terrorism
3 Role of Terrorist Groups
4 Effectiveness of Counterterrorism
5 Asymmetries and Terrorism
6 Economic Consequences of Terrorism
7 The Future of Terrorism

About the author: 

Todd Sandler, Vibhooti Shukla Professor of Economics and Political Economy, University of Texas at Dallas
Todd Sandler is the Vibhooti Shukla Professor of Economics and Political Economy at the University of Texas at Dallas and has consulted for the World Bank, UNIDO, International Task Force for Global Public Goods, and the Inter-American Development Bank. His past books include Global Collective ActionThe Political Economy of Terrorism (with Walter Enders), Global ChallengesThe Theory of Externalities, Public Goods, and Club Goods (with Richard Cornes), and Transnational Cooperation:An Issue-Based Approach (with ClintPeinhardt).

"This book provides concisely written, authoritative and insightful overviews of significant topics in the study of terrorism and counterterrorism in a question-and-answer format." --PERSPECTIVES ON TERRORISM

"This short book by a well-known expert on terrorism is a refreshing addition to a long list of works written on the subject. It is written for the general reader and logically organized. Following a general introduction that lays out what terrorism is, kinds of terrorism, and why we should be concerned, each chapter tackles critical topics with ample information, including data and figures.The historical and analytic discussion presents different causes: poverty, education, politics, religion, and income inequality. Sandler (UT Dallas) argues that researchers have never established a link between poverty and terrorism, or between globalization and terrorism, and these are critical areas for research. This highly insightful work is a compelling introduction to the subject." --B. A. Yesilada, Portland State University, CHOICE

Product details

ISBN : 9780190845858

Todd Sandler
208 Pages
140 x 210 mm
Pub date
Sep 2018
What Everyone Needs to Know
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Terrorism: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Terrorism: What Everyone Needs to Know®

Terrorism: What Everyone Needs to Know®