How Statesmen Think: The Psychology of International by Robert Jervis

By Robert Jervis

Robert Jervis has been a pioneering chief within the research of the psychology of overseas politics for greater than 4 a long time. How Statesmen Think provides his most crucial principles at the topic from throughout his profession. This selection of revised and up-to-date essays applies, elaborates, and modifies his pathbreaking paintings. the result's an essential booklet for college students and students of overseas relations.

How Statesmen Think demonstrates that expectancies and political and mental wishes are the foremost drivers of perceptions in overseas politics, in addition to in different arenas. Drawing at the expanding cognizance psychology is paying to feelings, the e-book discusses how emotional wishes support constitution ideals. It additionally indicates how decision-makers use a number of shortcuts to hunt and procedure info while making international coverage and nationwide safety judgments. for instance, the will to preserve cognitive assets could cause decision-makers to examine deceptive symptoms of army power, and mental pressures can make them run rather excessive dangers. The publication additionally appears to be like at how deterrent threats and counterpart provides usually fail simply because they're misperceived.

How Statesmen Think examines how those procedures play out in lots of occasions that come up in international and protection coverage, together with the specter of inadvertent warfare, the improvement of domino ideals, the formation and position of nationwide identities, and conflicts among intelligence businesses and policymakers.

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