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Dealing with Terrorism: Stick or Carrot?

Dealing with Terrorism: Stick or Carrot? by B. S. Frey
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Emphasising a positive approach to dealing with terrorism (the carrot), this book provides a critique of deterrence policy (the stick) which can be ineffective and even counterproductive, and proposes three alternative and effective anti-terrorist policies: decentralisation reduces vulnerability to terrorist attacks. A system with many different centres is more stable due to its diversity, enabling one part to substitute for another; positive incentives can be offered to actual and prospective terrorists not to engage in violent acts. Incentives include: reintegrating terrorists into society, welcoming repentants and offering them valued opportunities; diverting attention by naming several terrorist groups potentially responsible for a particular terrorist act. The government thus supplies more information than the terrorist responsible would wish. The proposed anti-terrorist policy has two important advantages over a coercive policy: the whole interaction between terrorists and the government transforms into a positive sum game and the strategy undermines the cohesiveness of the terrorist organisation.
Edward Elgar Publishing; January 2004
198 pages; ISBN 9781845421465
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Title: Dealing with Terrorism: Stick or Carrot?
Author: B. S. Frey