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International Relations Theory
The Game-Theoretic Approach

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  • Date Published: March 2015
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107027350
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  • Written for advanced undergraduate and graduate students, this is the first textbook on international relations theory to take a specifically game-theoretic approach to the subject, and provide the material needed for students to understand the subject thoroughly, from its basic foundations to more complex models. International relations theory is presented and analysed using simple games, which allow students to grasp the concepts and mechanisms involved with the rationalist approach without the distraction of complicated mathematics. Chapter exercises reinforce key concepts and guide students to extend the models discussed. Drawing examples from international security, international political economy, and environmental negotiations, this introductory textbook examines a broad array of topics in international relations courses, including state preferences, normal form games, bargaining, uncertainty and communication, multilateral cooperation, and the impact of domestic politics.

    • This is the first textbook to unify rationalist scholarship in international relations theory into a complete introduction, with consistent style, level and notation, rather than through a diverse set of articles, written at various levels and in various styles
    • Students do not need a strong background in game theory to engage with this text
    • Utility functions, equilibrium boundaries, cut-off points and other derived quantities are illustrated in figures
    • Chapter conclusions lead students to further research, through a discussion of how the basic models presented in the chapter have been developed in various directions, and where current research interest lies
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    "Kydd provides a beautifully clear and thorough development of the central theoretical ideas and arguments of international relations theory, from a strategic perspective. This is a very useful book."
    James D. Fearon, Geballe Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University, California

    "This is the book I always wished I had for my course, "Theories of International Relations". It presents the workhorse models of the field clearly and concisely, including everything the student needs to know, but without unnecessary flourishes. Undergraduates will appreciate the introductory sections that ground the models in the substantive concerns of international politics, and more advanced students will find it a useful reference."
    Randall W. Stone, University of Rochester, New York

    "To understand international politics, one needs to know what states believe and want and to what positions they commit themselves in the endless bargain with other nations. This important textbook introduces concisely, and with great elegance, the elementary algebra of global decision making. International Relations Theory is a great achievement and tremendous service to a discipline that still struggles to grasp the often tragic nature of world affairs."
    Gerald Schneider, International Relations Chair, University of Konstanz, and President of the European Political Science Association (2013–2015)

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    03rd Nov 2015 by WSJ

    This book provides a good background introduction to the new nexus and developement of international relations and game theory.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2015
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107027350
    • length: 244 pages
    • dimensions: 254 x 178 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 49 b/w illus. 51 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. What states want
    3. Varieties of strategic settings
    4. Bargaining
    5. Power change and war
    6. Private information and war
    7. Arms competition and war
    8. Cooperation theory
    9. Diplomacy and signaling
    10. Multilateral cooperation
    11. Domestic politics and international relations.

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    International Relations Theory

    Andrew H. Kydd

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    Andrew H. Kydd, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Andrew H. Kydd is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin where he teaches courses on international relations theory, game theory and international relations, nuclear weapons and world politics, terrorism and conflict resolution. He has published articles in the American Political Science Review, International Organization, World Politics, and International Security, and his first book, Trust and Mistrust in International Relations, won the 2006 Conflict Processes Best Book Award.

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