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Published: 15 March 2018

380 Pages


ISBN: 9780198794349

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Emotional Choices

How the Logic of Affect Shapes Coercive Diplomacy

Robin Markwica

  • The book introduces a new action model - the logic of affect or emotional choice theory - in addition to the traditional rationalist and constructivist logics of choice
  • It uses this logic of affect to shed light on the puzzling phenomenon that states often rather wage costly wars against a stronger opponent than give in to its coercive demands to change their behavior
  • It offers a rigorous methodological strategy to infer actors' emotions from texts and to trace their influence on decision-making
  • It features two in-depth historical case studies about the Cuban missile crisis (1962) and the Gulf conflict (1990-91) to evaluate the logic of affect