Totalitarianism, Terrorism and Supreme Values

History and Theory

  • Peter Bernholz

Part of the Studies in Public Choice book series (SIPC, volume 33)

About this book


Applying a rational choice perspective, this book presents a dynamic theory of the evolution of totalitarian regimes and terrorism. By demonstrating that totalitarian regimes rest on ideologies involving supreme values that are assumed to be absolutely true, the author identifies the factors that lead to totalitarian regimes, and those that transform or abolish those regimes with time. The author addresses different ideologies, such as National Socialism, Communism, and religious movements; examines numerous historical cases of totalitarian regimes; and develops a formal, mathematical model of totalitarianism in the book’s closing chapter.


Totalitarianism Terrorism Ideocracies Theocracies Supreme Values Distorted world view

Authors and affiliations

  • Peter Bernholz
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for Economics and Business (WWZ)University of Basel Center for Economics and Business (WWZ)BaselSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Economics and Finance
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-56906-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-56907-9
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4700
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