Parity and War Evaluations and Extensions of the War Ledger

ISBN-10: 0472066021
ISBN-13: 9780472066025
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Description: Parity and War is an impressive explanation of why peace predominates in the international arena and why, on occasion, wars do start. Useful for college students and scholars alike, the work scrutinzes and tests ideas about power preponderance,  More...

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List price: $37.50
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 4/1/1996
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Parity and War is an impressive explanation of why peace predominates in the international arena and why, on occasion, wars do start. Useful for college students and scholars alike, the work scrutinzes and tests ideas about power preponderance, first discussed over a decade ago in the widely acclaimed book The War Ledger. An alternative to traditional realism, power preponderence contends that peace is preserved when a preponderant nation supports the status quo. The theory convincingly accounts for war initiation, recovery, and peace by analyzing military arms buildups, alliances, territorial threats, economic cycles, and nuclear environment deterrence and proliferation. The contributors to this volume examine and analyze cases as diverse as the peaceful collapse of the Soviet Union, the presence of interstate war in South America in the last century and the absence thereof--despite domestic war--in this century, the economic and political consequences of the American Civil War, and the observation of long-term patterns of conflict and peace in international relations. Moreover, contributors to Parity and War utilize game theory, expected utility, and differential calculus techniques to model major war and to formalize the originally intuitive propositions of power preponderance. Their timely research shows that, in this era of nuclear weapons dominated by a single super power, effective regime guidance by the United States can insure peace for the next century. Contributors include Arina Arbetman, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Vesna Danilovic, Daniel S. Geller, Kenk W. Houweling, Kelly M. Kadera, Woosang Kim, Jacek Kugler, Douglas Lemke, Ross A. Miller, James D. Morrow, A. F. K. Organski, Jan G. Siccama, Randoph M. Siverson, Ronald Tammen, William R. Thompson, John A. Vasquez, Frank Whelon Wayman, Suzanne Werner, and Frank C. Zagare. Jacek Kugler is Elisabeth Helm Rosecrans Professor of International Relations and Political Economy, Claremont College. Douglas Lemke is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Florida State University.

Preface
The Evolution of the Power Transition Perspective
When Are Power Transitions Dangerous? An Appraisal and Reformulation of Power Transition Theory
The Power Transition: Problems and Prospects
Small States and War: An Expansion of Power Transition Theory
Power Parity, Alliance, and War from 1648 to 1975
A Two-Level Explanation of World War
Modeling Power Transition: An Extended Version
Relative Power, Rationality, and International Conflict
Power Shifts and the Onset of War
Balances of Power, Transitions, and Long Cycles
Power Transitions and Military Buildups: Resolving the Relationship between Arms Buildups and War
The Consequences of the American Civil War
Beyond Deterrence: Structural Conditions for a Lasting Peace
The Rites of Passage: Parity, Nuclear Deterrence, and Power Transitions
Beliefs about Power and the Risks of War: A Power Transition Game
The Conditions and Consequences of Dyadic Power Transitions: Deductions from a Dynamic Model
The Logic of Overtaking
The New Open Door Policy: U. S. Strategy in the Post-Cold War Era
Bibliography
Contributors
Index

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