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Interstate Crisis Behavior, 1816-1980 : Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought - Russell J. Leng

Interstate Crisis Behavior, 1816-1980

Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought

Hardcover Published: 30th July 1993
ISBN: 9780521391412
Number Of Pages: 280

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In this book Russell Leng examines the behavior of nations in forty militarized crises occurring between 1816 and 1980. He considers the conditions under which crises are more or less likely to escalate to war or be resolved peacefully, and compares the descriptive and prescriptive validity of two competing perspectives on conflict behavior: classical realism, and the psychological approaches of behavioral scientists, employing a mass of empirical data. The author concludes that elements of both the realist and psychological perspectives are necessary for an adequate understanding of interstate crisis behavior, and that the most effective approach to crisis bargaining combines each perspective in a firm-but-flexible 'reciprocating' strategy. The epilogue presents a provocative critique of the bargaining strategies pursued by the United States and Iraq during the Gulf Crisis of 1990-1991.

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"This is an excellent database which will benefit conflict analysts for many years to come, and the best application of events data to the study of international politics. It is also a superb example of theoretically driven, historically informed, and policy-relevant social science." The International History Review "...provides the studentof international relations with an excellent example of the traditionalis behaviourist debate that preoccupied the discipline in the sixties and seventies." J. Vanderkooy, Journal of European Integration "Leng's work is a very careful analysis of the intricate relations among crisis structure, crisis behavior, influence strategies, and crisis outcomes. As such, it provides valuable insights on crisis management at a level that is...dynamic and sensitive to the evolutionary nature of crises...[S]olid scholarship on international crisis...no serious student of international relations can afford to overlook..." Zeev Maoz, Mershon International Studies Review

Realist and psychological perspectives
The crisis structure and war
Patterns of behavior
Structure behavior and outcomes
Influence tactics
Influence strategies
Reciprocating influence strategies
Summary and conclusions
Epilogue: the 1990-91 crisis in the Persian Gulf
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ISBN: 9780521391412
ISBN-10: 0521391415
Series: Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 280
Published: 30th July 1993
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.58