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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Terrorism research resources: Economics, Law, & Media


Brück, T. (Ed.). (2007). The economic analysis of terrorism. London, UK: Routledge.

Stacks - HV 6431 E37 2007

Seventeen articles by European and North American economists cover topics such as financial markets, the impact of global terrorism on the economy, and how economics can contribute to studies of terrorism. 

Costigan, S.S. & Gold, D. (Eds.). (2007). Terrornomics. Aldershot, UK: Ashgate.

Stacks - HV 6431 T5544 2007 and e-book

A wide range of topics are covered by this title including arms and terrorism, the Internet, how terrorism is financed, and the use of sanctions to prevent terrorism.

Giraldo, J.K. & Trinkunas, H.A. (Eds.). (2007). Terrorism financing and state responses: A comparative perspective. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.

Stacks - HV 6431 T4654 2007

Giraldo and Trinkunas compile essays that cover the financing of different terrorist organizations in various parts of the world including Europe, East Africa, South America, and Southeast Asia, and discuss groups such as Al Qaeda and Hezbollah. Chapters on the United States consider the 9/11 Commission Report along with international responses to terrorism financing.

Napoleoni, L. (2003). Modern jihad: Tracing the dollars behind the terror networks. London, UK: Pluto Press.

Stacks - HV 6431 N3654 2003

Napoleoni examines the history of terrorism financing from the Cold War to contemporary terrorist groups and organizations.


Centre of Excellence – Defence Against Terrorism, Ankara, Turkey (Ed.). (2008). Legal aspects of combating terrorism. Fairfax, VA: IOS Press.

This volume consists of papers from The Advanced Training Course (ATC) entitled “Legal Aspects of Combating Terrorism held in February 2008 in Sarajevo. These papers provide a useful overview and international perspective on topics such as the United Nations, human rights, terrorist financing, cyberterrorism and EU counter-terrorism efforts.

Eckert, J. M. (Ed.). (2008). The social life of anti-terrorism laws: The war on terror and the classifications of the “dangerous ther.” Bielefeld, Germany: Transcript Verlag.

Stacks - HV 6431 S66 2008
This collection of seven essays addresses how citizenship is conceptualized as a result of the War on Terror, particularly in relation to issues of access to political rights. It examines how the war on terror has transformed national or regional approaches to security, and shaped the construction of the “dangerous other”. The essays in this volume cover the Sahel Region in Africa, Morocco, France, Germany, the United States and the United Kingdom.

Herman, S. N. & Finkelman, P. (Eds.). (2008). Terrorism, government, and law: National authority and local autonomy in the war on terror. Westport, CT: Praeger Security International.

Stacks - KF 5060 T47 2008
The war on terrorism has revived questions and debates around the balance of powers between the federal government and state governments. The eight contributions in this volume consider the question of constitutional limits on federal anti-terrorism efforts and on local authorities who are against these interventions. This volume covers issues such as the New Jersey jail case, the Patriot Act, and Portland's withdrawal from its Joint Terrorism Task Force. 


Jenkins, P. (2003). Images of terror: What we can and can't know about terrorism. New York, NY: Aldine de Gruyter. 

Stacks - HV 6431 J46 2003

The author argues that terrorism is a socially constructed phenomenon whose complexity is rarely acknowledged. He suggests that standard accounts of terrorism are reductive and biased. To illustrate his point, he offers an alternative interpretation of U.S. domestic terrorism since 1940, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, World Trade Center attack, and 9/11.

Moeller, S. (2009). Packaging terrorism: Co-opting the news for politics and profit. Malden, MA:Wiley-Blackwell.

Stacks - HV 6431 M32 2009
The book exposes the influential role Western media have played in shaping the public perception and understanding of terrorism since 9/11. The author analyzes media portrayals of a number of terrorist incidents from across the world and argues that the media follow, rather than challenge or question, the official government line on terrorism. This collusion does not encourage nor allow a public debate to frame the phenomenon in different terms.

Tuman, J.S. (2003). Communicating terror: The rhetorical dimensions of terrorism. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Stacks - HV 6431 T845 2003

Written in a very accessible style and reflective of the author's background in political and law communications, the book focuses on the communicative and rhetorical aspects of terrorism. It presents terrorism as a communication process between terrorists and their target audiences. In addition, the book explores the symbolism terrorism employs, the public rhetoric about terrorism, as well as portrayal of terrorism in mass media.