The “Game” of Torture

@article{Wantchekon1999TheO,
  title={The “Game” of Torture},
  author={L{\'e}onard Wantchekon and A. Healy},
  journal={Journal of Conflict Resolution},
  year={1999},
  volume={43},
  pages={596 - 609}
}
The authors explain the prevalence of torture by modeling its institutional structure as a game of incomplete information involving the state, the torturer, and the victim. Once the state endorses torture as a mechanism for extracting information, its will is carried out with positive probability. This is because (a) even a “soft” and “sensitive” state agent might torture the victim to test his or her ability to resist and (b) a weak victim might hold out momentarily to find out whether the… Expand
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