Strategic Choice and International Relations

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David A. Lake, Robert Powell
Princeton University Press, 1999 - Political Science - 271 pages
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The strategic-choice approach has a long pedigree in international relations. In an area often rent by competing methodologies, editors David A. Lake and Robert Powell take the best of accepted and contested knowledge among many theories. With the contributors to this volume, they offer a unifying perspective, which begins with a simple insight: students of international relations want to explain the choices actors make--whether these actors be states, parties, ethnic groups, companies, leaders, or individuals.

This synthesis offers three new benefits: first, the strategic interaction of actors is the unit of analysis, rather than particular states or policies; second, these interactions are now usefully organized into analytic schemes, on which conceptual experiments may be based; and third, a set of methodological "bets" is then made about the most productive ways to analyze the interactions. Together, these elements allow the pragmatic application of theories that may apply to a myriad of particular cases, such as individuals protesting environmental degradation, governments seeking to control nuclear weapons, or the United Nations attempting to mobilize member states for international peacekeeping. Besides the editors, the six contributors to this book, all distinguished scholars of international relations, are Jeffry A. Frieden, James D. Morrow, Ronald Rogowski, Peter Gourevitch, Miles Kahler, and Arthur A. Stein. Their work is an invaluable introduction for scholars and students of international relations, economists, and government decision-makers.

  

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Contents

Chapter
39
Chapter Three
77
Chapter Four
115
Chapter Five
137
Chapter
165
Chapter Seven
197
References
229
About the Authors
261
General Index
267
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Robert Powell is an architect and planner. He was Associate Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the National University of Singapore until 2001, and is the author of 29 books including "The Tropical Asian House".

Albert Lim KS is a renowned Singapore architectural photographer whose images have been published extensively in architectural journals including "A+U" (Japan), "Singapore Architect, World Architecture" (UK) and "Monument" (Australia).

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