alexa What motivates participation in violent political action: selective incentives or parochial altruism?
General Science

General Science

Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense

Author(s): Ginges J, Atran S

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Abstract In standard models of decision making, participation in violent political action is understood as the product of instrumentally rational reasoning. According to this line of thinking, instrumentally rational individuals will participate in violent political action only if there are selective incentives that are limited to participants. We argue in favor of an alternate model of political violence where participants are motivated by moral commitments to collective sacred values. Correlative and experimental empirical evidence in the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict strongly supports this alternate view. This article was published in Ann N Y Acad Sci and referenced in Journal of Bioterrorism & Biodefense

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