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Understanding General Deterrence: Theory and Application Stephen L. Quackenbush

Understanding General Deterrence: Theory and Application

Stephen L. Quackenbush

Published October 15th 2011
ISBN : 9780230115040
Hardcover
220 pages
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Bridging the divide between formal and quantitative studies of deterrence by empirically testing and extending perfect deterrence theory, this book makes an important contribution by focusing on general deterrence, which relates to managing relationsMoreBridging the divide between formal and quantitative studies of deterrence by empirically testing and extending perfect deterrence theory, this book makes an important contribution by focusing on general deterrence, which relates to managing relations between states at all times, not only during crises. This distinction is important because understanding general deterrence is more important than understanding immediate deterrence, and because empirical analyses of immediate deterrence can be misleading due to selection effects. In a series of formal and quantitative analyses, the author tests perfect deterrence theory, develops a new three-party game of extended deterrence, and applies the theory to explain recurrent conflict.