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Winner of the 2010 Edgar S. Furniss Book Award, Mershon Center for International Security Studies

Winner of the 2011 Best Book, International Security Studies Section of the International Studies Association

Winner of the 2011 Harold D. Lasswell Prize, Society of Policy Scientists

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"Michael Horowitz's The Diffusion of Military Power is a model for twenty-first-century security studies: an important question (how do military innovations spread), interdisciplinary theory, solutions to important historical puzzles, insight into contemporary policy problems, and the use of rigorous qualitative and quantitative methods. A triumph."--Dan Reiter, Emory University

"At the core of this valuable piece of work is the notion of 'adoption capacity,' a concept that Horowitz develops and explores in a set of well-chosen case studies that he examines using a variety of methodologies. In cases as diverse as the introduction of carrier-based naval warfare and suicide bombing, he explores the ways new forms of warfare are adopted, and the systems-level consequences that result. An original, thoughtful, and useful piece of scholarship."--Eliot A. Cohen, Johns Hopkins University

"In The Diffusion of Military Power, Michael Horowitz explains how and why military innovations are adopted by state and nonstate actors. These insights are particularly valuable at a time of rapid technological, strategic, and organizational change such as we are living through today, and have immediate implications for the balance of power and the international system. Highly recommended."--John A. Nagl, president of the Center for a New American Security and author of Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife

"This book makes an important contribution to the scholarship on military diffusion and international power. It will be of much interest to scholars of international security, strategic studies, and military affairs. The book's greatest theoretical contribution is its discussion of the systemic consequences of diffusion."--Emily Goldman, United States Central Command

"Horowitz makes an excellent contribution to the international relations literature generally and work on military innovations particularly. His theory has immediate relevance to discussions about the future of American military strategy, and is helpful in understanding the decisions states face in threatening environments. This is a very good book."--Glenn Palmer, Pennsylvania State University


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press (July 21, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 069114396X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0691143965
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,114,340 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Horowitz is an associate professor of political science at the University of Pennsylvania. His research focuses primarily on international conflict and military innovation. He is also interested in the intersection of religion and international relations, the role of leaders in international politics, and international security issues in East Asia. His first book, The Diffusion of Military Power: Causes and Consequences for International Politics, was just published by Princeton University Press. He has held fellowships at the Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard, the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard, and the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs at Harvard. His work has been published in International Organization, International Security, the Journal of Conflict Resolution, Orbis, the Washington Quarterly, and the Journal of Strategic Studies. He received his PhD in government from Harvard University and his BA in political science from Emory University. He is from Lexington, Massachusetts.

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This book is an interesting take on how items or processes that start in the military actually impact our world. Technologies or the process of obtaining the capability to maneuver 10 ships in a carrier group while simultaneously launching aircraft while undergoing underway replenishment, is a tremendous feat. The cogs in the process then lead to the evolution of its use , albeit at a different level, in the civilian world. Television, GPS and other items can take years before they find their way into civilian use but when they do it impacts our world.
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