In the theme of economic imperialism, David Uren alerts me to this new paper from boundary-pushing Swiss economist Bruno Frey. The current draft isÂ a bit terse (it probably needs to be 2-3 times as long to make its points fully), but tis still a fun idea.
Why Kill Politicians? A Rational Choice Analysis of Political Assassinations
Bruno S. Frey
In the course of history a large number of politicians has been assassinated. A rational choice analysis is used to distinguish the expected marginal benefits of killing, and the marginal cost of attacking a politician. The comparative analysis of various equilibria helps us to gain insights into specific historical events. The analysis suggests that â€“ in addition to well-known security measures â€“ an extension of democracy, a rule by a committee of several politicians, more decentralization via the division of power and federalism, and a strengthening of civil society significantly reduce politiciansâ€™ probability of being attacked and killed.