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The Terrorists’ Planning Cycle: Patterns of Pre‐incident Behavior

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Brent L. Smith; Paxton Roberts; Kelly R. Damphousse
Date Published
November 2016
15 pages

This Handbook of the Criminology of Terrorism features a collection of essays that represent the most recent criminological research relating to the origins and evolution of, along with responses to, terrorism, from a criminological perspective.


The book provides an authoritative overview of the latest criminological research into the causes of and responses to terrorism in today’s world, and it covers broad themes that include terrorism’s origins, theories, methodologies, types, relationship to other forms of crime, terrorism and the criminal justice system, and ways to counter terrorism. It features original contributions from a group of international experts in the field, providing unique insights into the field through an exclusive focus on criminological conceptual frameworks and empirical studies that engage terrorism and responses to it. (Publisher Abstract)