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Arms Races, Arms Control, and Conflict Analysis : Contributions from Peace Science and Peace Economics - Walter Isard

Arms Races, Arms Control, and Conflict Analysis

Contributions from Peace Science and Peace Economics

By: Walter Isard, Christine Smith (As told to), Charles H. Anderton (As told to)

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Demonstrating the ways in which work in a broad range of fields can be pulled together in the analysis of conflict, this book provides the reader with a general introduction to the principles of conflict analysis and lays a methodological foundation for the further development of the interdisciplinary field of peace science. The text begins with an extensive survey of arms race models, from the classic Richardson model to models exploring the effects of factors such as the domestic and international economic environment, public opinion and party politics, and weapons technology and information development. The processes of individual and group problem-solving, in both crisis and non-crisis conditions, are examined, drawing on work in economics, operations research, cognitive science, and artificial intelligence. Building on this diverse body of work, the author moves on to develop a framework for conflict management with which to approach a variety of conflict situations and applies this procedure to the United States-Soviet arms control conflict. Walter Isard is cited by Mark Blaug as one of the Great Economists Since Keynes (CUP, 1989 paper edition).

"As an encyclopedic survey of Peace Science for the technically oriented researcher the book accomplishes its purpose. The references provide ample sources for the reader to pursue in depth topics introduced in this guided tour. As this book confirms, Peace Science and Peace Research have now become established features of our intellectual and academic landscape. We have Walter Isard to thank first and foremost for this accomplishment." Martin C. McGuire, Journal of Economic Literature

List of illustrations
List of tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction and overview
Basic Framework and Set of Analysis
A survey of arms race models
Individual and group behaviour: noncrisis situation
A more formal cognitive framework for individual and group behaviour
Decision-making behavior under major psychological stress and crisis conditions
Learning, problem solving, and information research and development
Policy space analysis: the choice of policies regarding arms expenditures and other issues and the value of information development
National security reasoning: the nature and effectiveness of political argument
World system models: incorporation of military expenditures and arms trade
Negotiation/mediation principles and qualitative and quantitative conflict management procedures
Potential for a specific application: the U.S.-Soviet arms control conflict problem
Summary of Part I and conclusions
Some Advanced Analyses
Synthesis of arms race models
Learning by a group, its leader, and its individual members
Information research and development from a dynamical system viewpoint
Invention and innovation in information research and development for problem solving: an exploratory view
Notation
Author index
Subject index
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ISBN: 9780521362979
ISBN-10: 0521362970
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 554
Published: 24th February 1989
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.93