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Fighting Political Terrorism by Refusing Recognition


Frey, Bruno S (1987). Fighting Political Terrorism by Refusing Recognition. Journal of Public Policy, 7(02):179.

Abstract

Terrorists act rationally; one of their dominating goals is to attract public attention to their cause. As a consequence, the authorities should refrain from attributing a particular terrorist incident to any one group. They should stress that many different actors must be considered as the possible perpetrators. Such an information policy sharply reduces terrorists'rewards. The terrorists are therefore likely to cut down on such activities or must undertake riskier acts, which increase their chance of being caught. The approach suggested is complementary to the policies currently in use; it does not make police measures unnecessary. The strategy is, however, active while the traditional approaches are passive responses to terrorist activities. In contrast to other anti-terrrorist measures, it does not violate human liberties, civil rights or the freedom of the press

Abstract

Terrorists act rationally; one of their dominating goals is to attract public attention to their cause. As a consequence, the authorities should refrain from attributing a particular terrorist incident to any one group. They should stress that many different actors must be considered as the possible perpetrators. Such an information policy sharply reduces terrorists'rewards. The terrorists are therefore likely to cut down on such activities or must undertake riskier acts, which increase their chance of being caught. The approach suggested is complementary to the policies currently in use; it does not make police measures unnecessary. The strategy is, however, active while the traditional approaches are passive responses to terrorist activities. In contrast to other anti-terrrorist measures, it does not violate human liberties, civil rights or the freedom of the press

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:National licences > 142-005
Dewey Decimal Classification:320 Political science
Language:English
Date:1 April 1987
Deposited On:18 Oct 2018 09:49
Last Modified:24 Nov 2018 02:58
Publisher:Cambridge University Press
ISSN:0143-814X
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1017/s0143814x00005225
Related URLs:https://www.swissbib.ch/Search/Results?lookfor=nationallicencecambridge101017S0143814X00005225 (Library Catalogue)

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