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The Amateur Strategist : Intuitive Deterrence Theories and the Politics of the Nuclear Arms Race - James DeNardo

The Amateur Strategist

Intuitive Deterrence Theories and the Politics of the Nuclear Arms Race

Paperback Published: 1st January 1996
ISBN: 9780521484466
Number Of Pages: 332

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This book explores how the everyday person reasons about nuclear strategy. James DeNardo's data reveal surprising patterns of thinking on basic issues from SDI, arms control, and proliferation to the end of the Cold War. His discovery that the amateur's strategic reasoning defies all conventional theories lays the groundwork for a new understanding of national security politics. His demonstration that professional strategists reason like novices--that we are all Amateur Strategists--challenges the intellectual foundations of modern deterrence theory, public opinion studies, and game theory.

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'This unusual book combines security studies, game theory, psychology, political sciences and statistical analysis in an investigation of preferences regarding American polity for Nuclear weapons. ... The wide scope of the material in this book is supported by extensive references to current literature.' Defence Analysis

A primer on the Cold War nuclear debate
An introduction to intuitive deterrence theories
Competing hypotheses about nuclear thinking
The novice strategists
The intuitive calculus of nuclear deterrence
Statistical tests of the intuitive nuclear calculus
Expert nuclear reasoning
The factional politics of strategy and the end of the Cold War arms race
Nuclear thinking after the cold war
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ISBN: 9780521484466
ISBN-10: 0521484464
Series: Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 332
Published: 1st January 1996
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.44