A prospect theory perspective on terrorism

Cind Du Bois

Abstract


This paper presents a new approach for the study of terrorist behaviour and argues that a framework based on Prospect Theory can provide novel, useful insights into the understanding of the terrorist mind-set. Such a framework allows different pathways to become a terrorist and although individual decisions are studied, the model also takes into account environmental factors. By changing these environmental factors and/or framing the choice differently, PT provides insights as to how the terrorist group and/or a charismatic leader can influence the individual’s whether or not to turn to terrorism.


Keywords


terrorism, prospect theory

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Peter Phillips

phillipsp@usq.edu.au

University of Southern Queensland

Australia

Lasse Engelbrecht Lindekilde

Lindekilde@ps.au.dk

Aarhus University

Denmark




DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18533/ijbsr.v7i5.1051

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