Rationalist Explanations For War


Author: James D. Fearon
International Organization Volume 49, Issue 3, Summer 1995 pp. 379-414
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The Puzzle


Preventive War

Positive Expected Utility

When Will There Exist Bargains Both Sides Prefer To War?

War Due To Private Information And Incentives To Misrepresent

Disagreements About Relative Power

War Due To The Miscalculation Of An Opponent's Willingness To Fight

Incentives To Misrepresent In Bargaining

War As A Consequence Of Commitment Problems

Preemptive War And Offensive Advantages

Preventive War As A Commitment Problem

Commitment, Strategic Territory and the Problem of Appeasement