Resolving Disputes Between Nations

9780822307648: Hardback
Release Date: 19th February 1988

9780822308195: Paperback
Release Date: 19th February 1988

Number of Pages: 378

Series Duke Press Policy Studies

Duke University Press Books

Resolving Disputes Between Nations

Coercion or Conciliation?

Hardback / £92.00
Paperback / £25.99

The use of force and coercion to settle disputes between nations is a central problem of our time. Martin Patchen considers the circumstances that lead nations to use coercive means in disputes with other nations and also examines the effectiveness of other means of resolving international disputes. Patchen examines conflict and cooperation as general social processes and builds on previous work to present an overall theoretical framework that encompasses the conflict situation, perceptions of the adversary, decision-making, bargaining, and interaction and influence sequences.

List of Tables and Figures ix
Preface xi
I. Overall Perspective
1. Disputes Between Nations: An Analytic Framework 1
II. The Situation and Making Choices
2. The Situation 28
3. Perceptions 60
4. Making Decisions 95
5. When Are Coercive Versus Conciliatory Tactics Used? 123
III. Alternative Strategies and Their Effectiveness
6. Threat and Deterrence 169
7. Arms Buildup: Deterrent or Provocation? 195
8. The Use of Coercion 230
9. The Use of Positive Incentives 261
10. Strategies That Mix Conciliation and Coercion 275
11. Settling Disputes 294
IV. Conclusion
12. Summary and Conclusions 319
Notes 343
References 349
Index 363

"The subject is important, the scholarship is sound, and the analysis will be extremely useful both to graduate students and specialists."—Robert Jervis