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Leaders and International Conflict

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  • Date Published: August 2011
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107660731

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  • Chiozza and Goemans seek to explain why and when political leaders decide to initiate international crises and wars. They argue that the fate of leaders and the way leadership changes shapes leaders' decisions to initiate international conflict. Leaders who anticipate regular removal from office, through elections for example, have little to gain and much to lose from international conflict, whereas leaders who anticipate a forcible removal from office, such as through coup or revolution, have little to lose and much to gain from conflict. This theory is tested against an extensive analysis of more than 80 years of international conflict and with an intensive historical examination of Central American leaders from 1848 to 1918. Leaders and International Conflict highlights the political nature of the choice between war and peace and will appeal to all scholars of international relations and comparative politics.

    • Proposes a new theory of international conflict based on the incentives leaders face
    • Provides new research data that promotes further research on the behavior of leaders in both domestic and international politics
    • Will appeal to scholars who view the combination of a multi methods approach as the most effective way to conduct empirical research
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    • Winner of the 2011 Lepgold Prize

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    “Chiozza and Goemans make an important contribution to the literature on war and politics. The book’s great strength is its return to an analytic focus on the role of leaders and the incentives they face as individuals.”
    – Allan C. Stam, Professor of Political Science, University of Michigan

    “In tracing decisions for war to the fate of political leaders, including both the probability and consequences of being removed from office, and in testing their theory through sophisticated statistical analyses and detailed case studies, Chiozza and Goermans provide a new answer to the old question of what causes war.”
    – Jack S. Levy, Board of Governors Professor, Rutgers University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: August 2011
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107660731
    • length: 252 pages
    • dimensions: 227 x 150 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • contains: 19 b/w illus.
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. When do leaders fight?
    3. International conflict and the fate of leaders
    4. The fate of leaders and incentives to fight
    5. Case studies: fighting for survival
    6. Conclusions.

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    Leaders and International Conflict

    Giacomo Chiozza, H. E. Goemans

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    Giacomo Chiozza, Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
    Giacomo Chiozza is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Vanderbilt University and is a student and scholar of international relations and international security. He is an expert on the study of attitudes towards US power and the study of political leaders in conflict processes. He is the author of Anti-Americanism and the American World Order (2009) and of several articles published in academic journals including the Journal of Conflict Resolution, the American Journal of Political Science and the European Journal of International Relations. In 2008–09 he served as a member of the American Political Science Association Presidential Task Force on US Standing in World Politics. Professor Chiozza holds a PhD from Duke University.

    H. E. Goemans, University of Rochester, New York
    H. E. Goemans is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Rochester and studies international relations with a focus on conflict. He is the author of War and Punishment: The Causes of War Termination and the First World War (2000) and has authored and co-authored articles in the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Politics, International Organization, the Journal of Conflict Resolution and the Journal of Peace Research. Professor Goemans holds a PhD from the University of Chicago.


    • Winner of the 2011 Lepgold Prize

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