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Booktitle:

Nuclear Terrorism and Rational Choice

Modelling decisions of catastrophic terror: a dissertation

LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing (2011-05-05 )

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ISBN-13:

978-3-8443-9426-9

ISBN-10:
3844394265
EAN:
9783844394269
Book language:
English
Blurb/Shorttext:
The prospect of nuclear terrorism, terrorist acts with nuclear fission explosives, is analysed by means of rational choice theory, a methodology borrowed from economics which has hitherto not been systematically applied to nuclear terrorism. Four relevant decision situations are studied: The terrorist's choice of whether to embark on an ambitious and expensive nuclear project or to stay with tried and trusted conventional methods; The choice of fissile material for a terrorist bent on building a nuclear weapon; The government's choice of prioritising between branches of fissile materials security; and the strategic interplay between terrorist and government in the case where the terrorist has acquired a nuclear weapon and must decide whether to use it to attack, for extortion, or to deter an attack upon his own interests. In each case, the methodology of modelling allows a number of key conclusions to be drawn, informing policy makers on best responses to a threat which is notoriously difficult to estimate.
Publishing house:
LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
Website:
https://www.lap-publishing.com/
By (author) :
Simen A Adnoy Ellingsen
Number of pages:
276
Published on:
2011-05-05
Stock:
Available
Category:
Political science
Price:
79.00 €
Keywords:
Nuclear terrorism, Terrorism, Nuclear Weapons, Rational Choice Theory, Game Theory, Decision Theory, Modelling, Terrorismus, decision theory

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