In Pursuit of the Lone Wolf Terrorist: Investigative Economics and New Horizons for the Economic Analysis of Terrorism


Peter J. Phillips
University of Southern Queensland, Queensland, Australia

Series: Terrorism, Hot Spots and Conflict-Related Issues, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and Corrections
BISAC: LAW026020

This book explores new horizons for the economic analysis of terrorism with an innovative combination of economics and offender profiling. The book is aimed at contributing to law enforcement efforts to pre-empt and pursue the lone wolf terrorist. By taking the economic analysis of terrorism back to its core concepts of “opportunities” and “choices” and by insisting that all results be both computable and relevant to the investigative process, the author examines lone wolf terrorism from a unique perspective that yields new insights into the nature of the lone wolf terrorist’s opportunities and choices to inflict human tragedy.

Not content with the task of delineating opportunities and choices, the author shows how the frameworks he has developed may be inverted and deployed in the pursuit of the lone wolf terrorist if efforts to pre-empt the lone wolf terrorist have failed. This book is groundbreaking for both the type of economics analysis it presents and its conscious break with several long-held traditions of terrorism studies. Both academics and law enforcement practitioners will find the author’s analysis stimulating, confronting and, above all, applicable to the investigative processes designed to pre-empt or pursue a single violent offender who aims to etch a graphic biography of violence into the public consciousness. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Analytical Summary


Chapter 1. The Introduction

Chapter 2. The (Traditional) Economic Analysis of Terrorism

Chapter 3. The Risk-Reward Trade-Off and the Statistical Structure of the Terrorism Context

Chapter 4. The Attack Methods

Chapter 5. The Correlation Structure

Chapter 6. The Lone Wolf’s Opportunity Set and Choices: Theory

Chapter 7. The Lone Wolf’s Opportunities: Practice

Chapter 8. The Lone Wolf’s Choices: Practice

Chapter 9. Summary: The Lone Wolf’s Opportunities and Choices

PART TWO: The Lone Wolf Profile

Chapter 10. Offender Profiling

Chapter 11. The Organised/Disorganised Typology and Offender Risk

Chapter 12. Investigative Economics and the Analysis of Lone Wolf Terrorism

Chapter 13. Metesky, Kaczynski and Fuchs

Chapter 14. ‘Spree’ Shooters: Completing the Typology of America’s Lone Wolf Terrorists

Chapter 15. The Conclusion



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