An Empirical Discussion of Bargaining Among Nations

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1979, Vol 24(3), 215–217. Reviews the book, Conflict Among Nations: Bargaining, Decision Making, and System Structure in International Crises by Glenn H. Snyder and Paul Diesing (1977). The authors of this book have in mind nothing less than the creation of “a theory of international crisis behavior”. The basic method of the book is somewhat primitive, but nonetheless serviceable and interesting. The authors, working with other researchers, compiled a collection of 16 cases of international crisis. The authors introduce a body of theory related to international crises. They make preliminary criticisms of the existing theory. Then they test and extend the theory using the case materials. The book raises a couple of noteworthy intellectual issues, one on the uses of theory and the other on the analytical utility of bargaining models. Probably the most important attribute of this book is its honest attempt to connect reality with theory. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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