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Terrorism, Crime, and Public Policy


  • Author: Brian Forst, American University, Washington DC
  • Date Published: December 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521676427

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  • Terrorism, Crime, and Public Policy describes the problem of terrorism; compares it to other forms of aggression, particularly crime and war; and discusses policy options for dealing with the terrorism. It focuses on the causes of terrorism with the aim of understanding its roots and providing insights toward policies that will serve to prevent it. The book serves as a single-source reference on terrorism and as a platform for more in-depth study, with a set of discussion questions at the end of each chapter. Individual chapters focus on the nature of terrorism, theories of aggression and terrorism, the history of terrorism, the role of religion, non-religious extremism and terrorism, the role of technology, terrorism throughout the modern world, responses to terrorism, fear of terrorism, short-term approaches and long-term strategies for preventing terrorism, balancing security and rights to liberty and privacy, and pathways to a safer and saner 21st century.

    • Policy boxes throughout the text
    • Discussion questions at ends of chapters
    • Lays out two models for understanding the long-term trajectory of terrorism
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    • Date Published: December 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521676427
    • length: 520 pages
    • dimensions: 251 x 173 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.91kg
    • contains: 35 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. The nature of terrorism
    2. Theories of aggression and terrorism
    3. A brief history of terrorism
    4. Two trajectories of humankind: globalization or clash?
    5. Religion, the state, and terrorism
    6. Nonreligious extremism and terrorism
    7. Technology and terrorism
    8. Terrorism throughout the world
    9. Responses to terrorism
    10. Fear of terrorism
    11. Preventing terrorism: short-term approaches
    12. Preventing terrorism: long-term strategies
    13. Balancing security and rights to liberty and privacy
    14. Toward a safer and saner 21st century.

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    • Advanced Justice Studies: Extremism and Violence
    • Constitutional Issues andGlobal Security
    • Contemporary Terrorism
    • Crime, Theory and Policy
    • Criminal Justice Graduate
    • Domestic and International Terrorism
    • Gangs and the Media
    • Insurgency and Terrorism
    • International Terrorism
    • Intro to Criminology
    • Introduction to Homeland Security
    • Introduction to IR
    • Introduction to Terrorism
    • Legal Responses to Terrorism
    • Modern Terrorism
    • Modern Terrorism and Counter Terrorism
    • National Security Issues and Terrorism
    • Political Pathology: Terrorism
    • Political Terrorism
    • Political Violence and Terrorism
    • Professional Practice of Public Administration
    • Public Security and Terrorism
    • Security and Risk Analysis
    • Seminar on terrorism
    • Sociology of Terrorism
    • Sociology of Violence and Hate
    • Special Toipics in Criminal Justice
    • Terrorism & Homeland Security
    • Terrorism & Public Policy
    • Terrorism and Counterterrorism
    • Terrorism and Political Violence
    • Terrorism and Society
    • Terrorism, Crime, and Public Policy
    • Terrorism: Causes and Cures
    • Terrorism: Foundations, Evolution and Globalization
    • The Politics of Terrorism
    • Threat and Crime and Public Policy
    • Threat, Terrorism, and Crime
    • Trials of Terror
    • Understanding Terrorism
    • Violence and Institutions
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    Brian Forst, American University, Washington DC
    Brian Forst joined the American University faculty after twenty years in nonprofit research, including positions as research director at the Institute for Law and Social Research and the Police Foundation. He is author most recently of After Terror (with Akbar Ahmed, 2005), Errors of Justice: Nature, Sources, and Remedies (Cambridge University Press, 2004), and The Privatization of Policing: Two Views (with Peter Manning, 1999). He is a member of the American University Senate and chairs the Department of Justice, Law, and Society's doctoral program. He is also a voting member of the Sentencing Commission for the District of Columbia.

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