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Adequate response to the increasingly high threat of terrorism is a challenge for governments in the beginning of the 21st century. The historical analysis presented in this video examines ways to approach terrorist threats. As BRUNO S. FREY explains, the findings show a new perspective on how to address the terrorist challenge. The specific policy proposals resulting from the study are decentralization of the state structures, providing lifestyle alternatives to the perpetrators, control over media coverage of terrorist actions and communication with terrorists.


Bruno S. Frey is a permanent Visiting Professor at the University of Basel and research director of the Centre for Research in Economics, Management and the Arts (CREMA), Switzerland. For his extensive research on political economy, corporate governance and psychological approaches to economics, Frey has been awarded five Honorary Doctorates from diverse international institutions.

Frey argues for an interdisciplinary approach to economics. His recent research combines a political and economic lens to the study of such themes as terrorism, the election system, and the psychology of awards vs monetary incentives.


University of Basel (Universität Basel)

The University of Basel has an international reputation of outstanding achievements in research and teaching. Founded in 1460, the University of Basel is the oldest university in Switzerland and has a history of success going back over 550 years. As a comprehensive university offering a wide range of high-quality educational opportunities, the University of Basel attracts students from Switzerland and the entire world, offering them outstanding studying conditions as they work towards their bachelor’s, master’s or PhD degrees. Today, the University of Basel has around 13,000 students from over a hundred nations, including 2,700 PhD students. The University of Basel has seven faculties covering a wide spectrum of academic disciplines. At the same time, the university has positioned itself amidst the international competition in the form of five strategic focal areas: Life Sciences, Visual Studies, Nanosciences, Sustainability and Energy Research and European and Global Studies. (Source: University of Basel)
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Original publication

Blood and Ink! The Common-Interest-Game Between Terrorists and the Media

Frey Bruno S. and Rohner Dominic
Public Choice
Published in 2007

Dealing with Terrorism: Stick or Carrot?

Frey Bruno S.
Published in 2004

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