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The several costs of responding to the threat of terrorism

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  • William Niskanen

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    This paper describes several dimensions of the cost of the U.S. response to the threat of terrorism. Following an evaluation of the nature and magnitude of the threat of terrorism against the United States, the paper describes the restrictions on our civil liberties, the fiscal and other costs of the major homeland security measures, the fiscal cost of programs that make no contribution to the defense against terrorism but are rationalized on that ground, and the effects on our language and the potential for civil discourse of an extended defense against terrorism. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2006

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    Article provided by Springer in its journal Public Choice.

    Volume (Year): 128 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 1 (July)
    Pages: 351-356

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    Handle: RePEc:kap:pubcho:v:128:y:2006:i:1:p:351-356

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    Keywords: Terrorism; Civil liberties; Homeland security; Fiscal costs; Civil discourse;

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    1. Athina Economou & Christos Kollias, 2012. "Terrorism and Political Self-Placement in European Union Countries," Economics of Security Working Paper Series 73, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.

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