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Formal Theories in International Relations : Cambridge Studies in International Relations - Michael Nicholson

Formal Theories in International Relations

Cambridge Studies in International Relations

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Published: 6th August 1990
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This book, first published in 1989, gives a critical account of formal international relations theory. That formal and mathematical methods can be applied to the study of international relations is often regarded with surprise, but the author demonstrates not only how these methods give insights into problems such as deterrence or arms races but also that the increase in the power of explanatory tools depends on the more rigourous development of theory along these lines. Mathematical methods have been applied to the study of international behaviour since the pioneering work of Lewis Fry Richardson in the 1920s and 1930s. However, it was in the post Second World War period that they became widespread. Dr Nicholson discusses the application of such methods as the theory of games to problems of relationships between states, catastrophe theory to the study of initiation of violence, and probability theory to the question of the probability of nuclear war.

Preface
Formal theory in an intellectual context
Presuppositions of a formal approach to international relations
Cooperation and conflict amongst self-interested states
The problem of uncertainty: the conceptual issues
Uncertainty in the international system: applications
Bargaining and conflict termination
A world of many actors: alliances
Models of the arms race
Continuity and discontinuity: catastrophe theory
The international system as a whole
The process of decision
Conclusions
Appendix
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521399678
ISBN-10: 052139967X
Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 272
Published: 6th August 1990
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.4