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Threats and Promises: The Pursuit of International Influence 1st Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0801862960
ISBN-10: 0801862965
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Editorial Reviews


James Davis's important and persuasive new book addresses the previously under-theorized issue of promises and assurances in international relations.

(Rose McDermott Political Science Quarterly)

Davis has written a perceptive and thought-provoking book.

(Joe Lepgold American Political Science Review)

Threats and Promises is a tightly argued and well-written dissection of the logic and praxis of promises as part of a broader strategy of influence. Davis develops a coherent set of propositions which is informed by the arguments of prospect theory. This analysis will be a central part of any further examination of strategies of influence.

(Janice Gross Stein, University of Toronto)

A solid contribution from a talented young scholar who makes the first serious effort to explore the relevance of prospect theory for evaluating the role of threats and promises in the conduct of foreign policy and for combining them in a much-needed broader influence theory.

(Alexander George, Stanford University)

An insightful, well-argued, and indeed elegant study of a neglected problem: the role of promises and assurances in international politics. The central idea is that when aggressive behavior is rooted in anxiety and not in greed, it might not make sense to deal with it through a strategy of deterrence―that indeed in such cases more flexible strategies might well be in order. A scholarly and provocative piece of work.

(Marc Trachtenberg, University of Pennsylvania)

About the Author

James W. Davis, Jr., is an associate professor of international politics at the Geschwister-Scholl-Institut of the Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany, and an Associate editor of the European Journal of International Relations.


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