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Protecting cultural monuments against terrorism


Frey, Bruno S; Rohner, Dominic (2007). Protecting cultural monuments against terrorism. Defence and Peace Economics, 18(3):245-252.

Abstract

Famous cultural monuments are often regarded as unique icons, making them an attractive target for terrorists. Despite huge military and police outlays, terrorist attacks on important monuments can hardly be avoided. We argue that an effective strategy for discouraging terrorist attacks on iconic monuments is for the government to show a firm commitment to swift reconstruction. Using a simple game-theoretic model, we demonstrate how a credible claim to rebuild any cultural monuments destroyed discourages terrorist attacks by altering the terrorists’ expectations and by increasing the government’s reputation costs if they fail to rebuild.

Famous cultural monuments are often regarded as unique icons, making them an attractive target for terrorists. Despite huge military and police outlays, terrorist attacks on important monuments can hardly be avoided. We argue that an effective strategy for discouraging terrorist attacks on iconic monuments is for the government to show a firm commitment to swift reconstruction. Using a simple game-theoretic model, we demonstrate how a credible claim to rebuild any cultural monuments destroyed discourages terrorist attacks by altering the terrorists’ expectations and by increasing the government’s reputation costs if they fail to rebuild.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Economics
Dewey Decimal Classification:330 Economics
Language:English
Date:June 2007
Deposited On:09 Jun 2008 15:25
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:23
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1024-2694
Additional Information:This is an electronic version of an article published in Defence and Peace Economics 18(3):245-252, 2007. Defence and Peace Economics is available online at http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10242690600951664.
Publisher DOI:10.1080/10242690600951664
Permanent URL: http://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-2542

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