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Rational Extremism
The Political Economy of Radicalism

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  • Date Published: September 2012
  • availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107407220

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  • Extremists are people whose ideas or tactics are viewed as outside the mainstream. Looked at this way, extremists are not necessarily twisted or evil. But they can be, especially when they are intolerant and violent. What makes extremists turn violent? This 2006 book assumes that extremists are rational: given their ends, they choose the best means to achieve them. The analysis explains why extremist leaders use the tactics they do, and why they are often insensitive to punishment and to loss of life. It also explains how rational people can be motivated to die for the cause. The book covers different aspects of extremism such as revolution, suicide terrorism, and global jihad. The arguments are illustrated with important episodes of extremism, including the French Revolution, the rise of nationalism in Yugoslavia under Milosevic, and the emergence of suicide terror and Al Qaeda today.

    • Author is internationally known specialist in political economy, government vs. individual dynamics
    • Rich examples include Al Qaeda, Yugoslavia, French Revolution, ethnic conflicts
    • Analyzes religious and non-religious cases, all in single theoretical framework
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    • Date Published: September 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107407220
    • length: 300 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 17 mm
    • weight: 0.44kg
    • availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The problem of extremism
    Part I. Groups:
    2. Social interactions, trust and group solidarity
    3. Some illustrations and a general framework
    Part II. Extremism:
    4. The calculus of discontent
    5. Can suicide bombing be rational?
    6. Religion and suicide terror
    Part III. Revolutions, Nationalism and Jihad:
    7. Rational revolutions
    8. Slobodan Milosevic and the fire of nationalism
    9. 'Jihad vs McWorld' revisited
    Conclusion
    10. Summary of propositions and policy implications.

  • Author

    Ronald Wintrobe, University of Western Ontario

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