Despots, Democrats and the Determinants of International Conflict

Despots, Democrats and the Determinants of International Conflict

by Martin Sherman

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An unequivocal endorsement of an assertive and resolute approach to foreign policy by democracies in their dealings with dictatorships. Drawing on the political writings of Kant, the rationale of Churchill's anti-appeasement policy, and the most up-to-date empirical research in international relations, the author forges a rigorous decision-theoretic model to account for the international interactions between despotic and democratic regimes. The model's validity is illustrated across a broad range of historical examples, while its policy-oriented implications, are shown to have far-reaching consequences for conventional perceptions of democratic deterrence posture and the security dilemma.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781349261116
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 01/01/1998
Edition description: 1st ed. 1998
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements - Introduction - An Overview - PART 1: THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE THEORY - The Nature and Function of Scientific Theory - Theory in the Social Sciences - Theoretical Endeavour in the Field of Linkage Politics - Setting Out the Conceptual Foundations - Specifying the 'Ideal-types' and Assembling the Models - Domestic Structure and Foreign Policy - A Review of the Theoretical Findings - PART 2: THE EMPIRICAL TESTING - The Coupling of the Theoretical Findings with Empirical Observations: The Methodological Rationale - The Justification Program - The Falsification Program - PART 3: THE POLICY IMPLICATIONS - The Conceptual Frame of Reference - The Rational Model: Criticism and Vindication - Political Structure and the Variance of Rational Choice Behaviour - Domestic Political Structure and Risk Preference: The Implications for Rational Choice and Foreign Policy Formulation - Domestic Political Structure and Decision Criteria: The Implications for Rational Choice and Foreign Policy Formulation - Some Operational Implications - Summary - Bibliography - Index

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