Dynamic Patterns of Terrorist Networks: Efficiency and Security in the Evolution of Eleven Islamic Extremist Attack Networks

The current research examines how the efficiency/security tradeoff shapes the evolution of dynamic terrorist networks by focusing on the structural properties of these collectives. Some scholars argue that terrorist groups develop as chain-like, decentralized structures, while others maintain that t...

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Published in:Journal of quantitative criminology
Main Author: McMillan, Cassie (Author)
Other Authors: Felmlee, Diane H. (Author); Braines, Dave
Format: Electronic Article
Language:English
Published: 2020
In:Journal of quantitative criminology
Year: 2020, Volume: 36, Issue: 3, Pages: 559-581
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Summary:The current research examines how the efficiency/security tradeoff shapes the evolution of dynamic terrorist networks by focusing on the structural properties of these collectives. Some scholars argue that terrorist groups develop as chain-like, decentralized structures, while others maintain that terrorist networks form patterns of redundant ties and organize around a few highly connected individuals, or central hubs. We investigate these structural properties and consider whether patterns vary at different phases of a terrorist network’s formation.
ISSN:1573-7799
DOI:10.1007/s10940-019-09426-9