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384 Pages

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780198794349

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Emotional Choices

How the Logic of Affect Shapes Coercive Diplomacy

Robin Markwica

  • Introduces a new action model - the logic of affect or emotional choice theory - in addition to the traditional rationalist and constructivist logics of choice
  • Sheds 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
  • Offers a rigorous methodological strategy to infer actors' emotions from texts and to trace their influence on decision-making
  • 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

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