War and Reason: Domestic and International Imperatives / Edition 1

War and Reason: Domestic and International Imperatives / Edition 1

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War and Reason: Domestic and International Imperatives / Edition 1

In this landmark work, two leading theorists of international relations analyze the strategies designed to avoid international conflict. Using a combination of game theory, statistical analysis, and detailed case histories, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita and David Lalman evaluate the conditions that promote negotiation, the status quo, capitulation, acquiescence, and war.

The authors assess two competing theories on the role that domestic politics plays in foreign policy choices: one states that national decision makers are constrained only by the exigencies of the international system, and the other views leaders as additionally constrained by domestic political considerations. Finding the second theory to be more consistent with historical events, they use it to examine enduring puzzles such as why democracies do not appear to fight one another, whether balance of power or power preponderance promotes peaceful resolution of disputes, and what conditions are necessary and sufficient for nations to cooperate with one another. They conclude by speculating about the implications of their theory for foreign policy strategies in the post-Cold War world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300059229
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 02/28/1994
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 6.25(w) x 9.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Preface xi
Part I A Theory of Foreign Policy 3(92)
Chapter 1: Reason and War
Chapter 2: The International Interaction Game
Chapter 3: Foreign Policy Decisions with Full Information
Part II Domestic Constraints and Foreign Policy 95(86)
Chapter 4: Norms, Beliefs, and International Cooperation
Chapter 5: Five Democratic Puzzles
Part III Power and Foreign Policy 181(66)
Chapter 6: International Power Relations and War
Chapter 7: The Seven Weeks' War and System Transformation
Part IV Foreign Policy Implications of the International Interaction Game 247(32)
Chapter 8: Foreign Policy in the Post-Cold War World
Chapter 9: War's Reason and the National Interest
Appendix 1: Measurement of the Variables 279(22)
Appendix 2: Domestic Constraints and the Prospects of Bluffing 301(6)
Bibliography 307(8)
Index 315

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