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PROTECTING CULTURAL MONUMENTS AGAINST TERRORISM: A COMMENT

Jason Briggeman and Jeremy Horpedahl

Defence and Peace Economics, 2009, vol. 20, issue 6, 509-512

Abstract: Frey and Rohner (2007) propose that governments credibly commit to reconstruction of cultural monuments, as this would deter terrorist attacks on monuments. We contend that precommitment will serve primarily to redirect terrorist attacks toward non-replicable targets, possibly leading to loss of human life and physical capital at the expense of protecting monuments. The cost savings from lowering onsite security are minimal, thus funds would need to be redirected from other governmental activities to protect monuments.

Keywords: Terrorism; Culture; Monuments; Counter-terrorism; Deterrence (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2009
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