In the Shadow of Power: States and Strategies in International Politics

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Overview

"This book will be the classic exposition and defense of a modeling approach to the study of international conflict. In the Shadow of Power not only brings greater precision and insight to the field; it is also characterized by a praiseworthy sense of proportion and a commitment to dialog between modelers and non-modelers in the study of international relations."—Robert O. Keohane, Duke University

"This is a magnificent book. It draws together fundamental strands of reasoning in international relations, challenges core theories in an absolutely persuasive and elegant way, and communicates with such clarity that non-game theorists will have no difficulty following the line of reasoning."—Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution

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Editorial Reviews

Political Science Quarterly - Glenn Snyder
Robert Powell enjoys a deserved reputation as the premier formal modeler in the field of international security studies. This book can only enhance that reputation. . . . The book is extremely valuable for the coherence it imposes on previously unintegrated processes.
Journal of Cold War Studies - Colin Elman
A welcome attempt to make the modeling enterprise accessible and understandable to nonpractitioners. Along the way it makes a concise and coherent case for why modeling can increase our understanding of international relations.
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Winner of the 2000 Conflict Processes Book Award, American Political Science Association

Winner of the 2000 Best Book Award, Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association

One of Choice's Outstanding Academic Titles for 2000

"Robert Powell enjoys a deserved reputation as the premier formal modeler in the field of international security studies. This book can only enhance that reputation. . . . The book is extremely valuable for the coherence it imposes on previously unintegrated processes."—Glenn Snyder, Political Science Quarterly

"A welcome attempt to make the modeling enterprise accessible and understandable to nonpractitioners. Along the way it makes a concise and coherent case for why modeling can increase our understanding of international relations."—Colin Elman, Journal of Cold War Studies

Political Science Quarterly
Robert Powell enjoys a deserved reputation as the premier formal modeler in the field of international security studies. This book can only enhance that reputation. . . . The book is extremely valuable for the coherence it imposes on previously unintegrated processes.
— Glenn Snyder
Journal of Cold War Studies
A welcome attempt to make the modeling enterprise accessible and understandable to nonpractitioners. Along the way it makes a concise and coherent case for why modeling can increase our understanding of international relations.
— Colin Elman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691004570
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 8/2/1999
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface vii
Chapter 1 States and Strategies 3
Chapter 2 Guns, Butter, and Internal Balancing in the Shadow of Power 40
Chapter 3 Bargaining in the Shadow of Power 82
Chapter 4 Bargaining in the Shadow of Shifting Power 115
Chapter 5 Alignment Decisions in the Shadow of Power 149
Chapter 6 Conclusion 197
Appendix 1 Game Trees, Strategies, and Equilibria 225
Appendix 2 The Formalities of the Guns-versus-Butter Model 233
Appendix 3 The Formalities of Bargaining in the Shadow of Power 243
Appendix 4 The Formalities of Bargaining in the Shadow of Shifting Power 272
Appendix 5 The Formalities of the Alignment Model 283
References 291
Index 305

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