The Behavioral Origins of War

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University of Michigan Press, 2009 M04 9 - 280 páginas
In The Behavioral Origins of War, D. Scott Bennett and Allan C. Stam analyze systemic, binary, and individual factors in order to evaluate a wide variety of theories about the origins of war.
Challenging the view that theories of war are nothing more than competing explanations for observed behavior, this expansive study incorporates variables from multiple theories and thus accounts for war's multiplicity of causes. While individual theories offer partial explanations for international conflict, only a valid set of theories can provide a complete explanation. Bennett and Stam's unconventional yet methodical approach opens the way for cumulative scientific progress in international relations.
D. Scott Bennett is Professor of Political Science at the Pennsylvania State University. Allan C. Stam is Associate Professor in the Government Department at Dartmouth College.

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2 Comparative Hypothesis Testing and Some Limits to Knowledge
15
The Practice and Pitfalls of Comparative Hypothesis Testing
35
4 Arguments and Operational Measures
70
5 Findings
107
6 Assessing a Models Reliability across Space and Time
165
7 Conclusion
200
EUGene
223
Appendix B Measuring Expected Utility
232
Notes
249
Bibliography
257
Index
277
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