Asian Rivalries: Conflict, Escalation, and Limitations on Two-level Games

Asian Rivalries: Conflict, Escalation, and Limitations on Two-level Games

by Sumit Ganguly
     
 

ISBN-10: 0804775966

ISBN-13: 9780804775960

Pub. Date: 09/13/2011

Publisher: Stanford University Press

The most typical treatment of international relations is to conceive it as a battle between two antagonistic states volleying back and forth. In reality, interstate relations are often at least two-level games in which decision-makers operate not only in an international environment but also in a competitive domestic context.

Given that interstate

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Overview

The most typical treatment of international relations is to conceive it as a battle between two antagonistic states volleying back and forth. In reality, interstate relations are often at least two-level games in which decision-makers operate not only in an international environment but also in a competitive domestic context.

Given that interstate rivalries are responsible for a disproportionate share of discord in world politics, this book sets out to explain just how these two-level rivalries really work.

By reference to specific cases, specialists on Asian rivalries examine three related questions: what is the mix of internal (domestic politics) and external (interstate politics) stimuli in the dynamics of their rivalries; in what types of circumstances do domestic politics become the predominant influence on rivalry dynamics; when domestic politics become predominant, is their effect more likely to lead to the escalation or de-escalation of rivalry hostility? By pulling together the threads laid out by each contributor, the editors create a 'grounded theory' for interstate rivalries that breaks new ground in international relations theory.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780804775960
Publisher:
Stanford University Press
Publication date:
09/13/2011
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors vii

1 Conflict Propensities in Asian Rivalries Sumit Ganguly William R. Thompson 1

2 China and Taiwan: Balance of Rivalry with Weapons of Mass Democratization Andrew Scobell 26

3 Domestic Politics and the U.S.-China Rivalry Lyle J. Goldstein 44

4 Peace and Conflict in the Indo-Pakistani Rivalry:Domestic and Strategic Causes S. Paul Kapur 61

5 Instability in Tibet and the Sino-lndian Strategic Rivalry:Do Domestic Politics Matter? Manjeet S. Pardesi 79

6 The Sino-Russian Strategic Partnership: The End of Rivalry? Lowell Dittmer 118

7 The Rivalry Between the Two Koreas Samuel S. Kim 145

8 Asymmetric Rivals: China and Vietnam Brantly Womack 176

9 Two-level Games in Asian Rivalries Sumit Ganguly william R. Thompson 195

Notes 211

Index 247

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