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Why They Fight

  • Couverture cartonnée
  • 124 Nombre de pages
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Why do people fight although the human and material cost of fighting blatantly defies common sense? This book uses Game Theory and... Lire la suite
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Why do people fight although the human and material cost of fighting blatantly defies common sense? This book uses Game Theory and reputation to explain why civil wars drag on for ten years on average. Unlike theories classifying belligerents by their ideological motivation (limited, greedy, total spoilers) it emphasizes strategic motives: war is immoral yet instrumental. Although irrational in the short run, fighting becomes reasonable when some factions view the immediate cost of war as a profitable long-term investment in their bargaining power. Like hard-nosed poker players, these spoilers fight today to build a reputation for resoluteness, helping them extort higher concessions from their opponents tomorrow. However, pushing the envelope in this power poker obliterates lives on the battlefield not chips at the gambling table. But tomorrow's juice is worth today's squeeze if sequential peace negotiations are linked and peacebuilders cannot tell resolute spoilers from weaklings bluffing to maximize their power. When rattling the sabers yields a future power dividend, spoilers are made not born: reputational deterrence becomes profitable regardless of their true fighting costs.

Auteur

holds a Diploma in Political Science from Freie Universität Berlin where he specialized in Int. Relations and Political Economy. A one-year stint at the University of California, Berkeley aroused his interest in Rational Choice, Game Theory and the origins of war. He currently writes for Handelsblatt, Germany's Business and Financial Newspaper.

Informations sur le produit

Titre: Why They Fight
Sous-titre: The Reputational Benefit of War
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Code EAN: 9783639196986
ISBN: 978-3-639-19698-6
Format: Couverture cartonnée
Genre: Médias et communication
nombre de pages: 124
Poids: 203g
Taille: H220mm x B150mm x T7mm
Année: 2010