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Jervis, Robert 1940-

Works: 109 works in 475 publications in 4 languages and 14,457 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
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Most widely held works by Robert Jervis
Why intelligence fails : lessons from the Iranian Revolution and the Iraq War by Robert Jervis( )

19 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and held by 1,723 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The U.S. government spends enormous resources each year on the gathering and analysis of intelligence, yet the history of American foreign policy is littered with missteps and misunderstandings that have resulted from intelligence failures. In Why Intelligence Fails, Robert Jervis examines the politics and psychology of two of the more spectacular intelligence failures in recent memory: the mistaken belief that the regime of the Shah in Iran was secure and stable in 1978, and the claim that Iraq had active WMD programs in 2002." "The Iran case is based on a newly declassified report Jervis was commissioned to undertake by CIA thirty years ago and includes memoranda written by CIA officials in response to Jervis's findings. The Iraq case, also grounded in a review of the intelligence community's performance, is based on close readings of both classified and declassified documents, though Jervis's conclusions are entirely supported by evidence that has been declassified." "In both cases, Jervis finds not only that intelligence was badly flawed but also that later explanations - analysts were bowing to political pressure and telling the White House what it wanted to hear or were willfully blind - were also incorrect. Proponents of these explanations claimed that initial errors were compounded by groupthink, lack of coordination within the government, and failure to share information." "Policy prescriptions, including the establishment of a Director of National Intelligence, were supposed to remedy the situation." "In Jervis's estimation, neither the explanations nor the prescriptions are adequate. The inferences that intelligence drew were actually quite plausible given the information available. Errors arose, he concludes, from insufficient attention to the ways in which information should be gathered and interpreted, a lack of self-awareness about the factors that led to the judgments, and an organizational culture that failed to probe for weaknesses and explore alternatives. Evaluating the inherent tensions between the methods and aims of intelligence personnel and policymakers from a unique insider's perspective, Jervis forcefully criticizes proposals for improving the performance of the intelligence community and discusses ways in which future analysis can be improved."--Jacket
Dominoes and bandwagons : strategic beliefs and great power competition in the Eurasian rimland by Robert Jervis( )

15 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 1,500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays on military defence strategy, which considers historical applications of the "domino theory", the psychological dynamics of the US-Soviet relationship vis-a-vis Eurasian boundaries. It also examines whether the USSR actually infers a lack of resolve from American retreats
International politics : enduring concepts and contemporary issues by Robert J Art( Book )

84 editions published between 1985 and 2017 in English and held by 1,401 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The theme for this book revolves around enduring concepts and contemporary issues in world politics. The authors have put both the developments and the literature in the context of the patterns that still remain valid for understanding the differences between politics in an anarchic environment and politics that takes place under a government
System effects : complexity in political and social life by Robert Jervis( )

33 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in English and Japanese and held by 1,369 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Similarly, he highlights the interconnectedness of the political world as he describes how the Cold War played out and as he narrates the series of events - with their unintended consequences - that escalated into World War I
Perception and misperception in international politics by Robert Jervis( Book )

35 editions published between 1976 and 2017 in English and held by 1,310 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study of perception and misperception in foreign policy was a landmark in the application of cognitive psychology to political decision making. The "New York Times" called it, in an article published nearly ten years after the book's appearance, "the seminal statement of principles underlying political psychology." The perspective established by Jervis remains an important counterpoint to structural explanations of international politics, and from it has developed a large literature on the psychology of leaders and the problems of decision making under conditions of incomplete information, stress, and cognitive bias. Jervis begins by describing the process of perception (for example, how decision makers learn from history) and then explores common forms of misperception (such as overestimating one's influence). Finally, he tests his ideas through a number of important events in international relations from nineteenth- and twentieth-century European history. In a contemporary application of Jervis's ideas, some argue that Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990 in part because he misread the signals of American leaders with regard to the independence of Kuwait. Also, leaders of the United States and Iraq in the run-up to the most recent Gulf War might have been operating under cognitive biases that made them value certain kinds of information more than others, whether or not the information was true. Jervis proved that, once a leader believed something, that perception would influence the way the leader perceived all other relevant information. -- Publisher description
American foreign policy in a new era by Robert Jervis( )

11 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 1,213 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discussing key foreign policy issues such as proliferation, deterrence, preemption, and the War on Terror, this text brings together some of Jervis' most important
The illogic of American nuclear strategy by Robert Jervis( Book )

19 editions published between 1984 and 1988 in English and held by 948 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The logic of images in international relations by Robert Jervis( Book )

26 editions published between 1970 and 2017 in English and Chinese and held by 780 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Psychology and deterrence by Robert Jervis( Book )

17 editions published between 1985 and 1991 in English and held by 625 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Psychology and Deterrence reveals deterrence strategy's hidden and generally simplistic assumptions about the nature of power and aggression, threat and response, and calculation and behavior in the international arena
The meaning of the nuclear revolution : statecraft and the prospect of Armageddon by Robert Jervis( Book )

12 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in English and held by 588 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soviet-American relations after the cold war by Robert Jervis( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 562 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oxford handbook of political psychology by David O Sears( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in English and German and held by 523 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on political psychology at the individual level (genes, early childhood, personality, decision-making, emotions, values, ideology) and the collective (group identity, social justice, mass mobilization, political violence, prejudice reduction), this interdisciplinary volume covers models of the mass public and political elites and addresses both domestic issues and foreign policy. The volume provides an up-to-date, comprehensive, and expertly distilled account of cutting-edge research within both psychology and political science
International politics: anarchy, force, imperialism by Robert J Art( Book )

7 editions published between 1973 and 1975 in English and Undetermined and held by 347 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coping with complexity in the international system( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 275 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prevailing theories of the international system reflect the bygone era of the bipolar Cold War stalemate. Understanding the complex new multipolar era requires a fresh approach. In this volume, Jack Snyder and Robert Jervis show why ultraparsimonious systems theories that focus on the balance of power among a few large states fail to capture the dynamics of today's highly interdependent, multipolar system. Taking issue with the accepted wisdom of the international studies field, Snyder argues that systems theories must address the interactions between international and domestic systems, and between military and economic systems. Using Robert Jervis's seminal essay on unintended consequences in complex systems as their point of departure, the contributing authors explore case studies of past and present multipolar systems to present analyses that challenge current thinking in international security and economics. Historical chapters show how understanding the workings of complex systems allowed statesmen to devise the Concert of Europe and how the collapse of the Concert in the Crimean War was triggered by the tsar's failure to comprehend the indirect impact his strategies would have on British public opinion. Another chapter highlights the feedback processes between domestic politics and the international monetary system that led to the rise and fall of the gold standard and to the creation of the European monetary system. The diplomacy of the Moroccan crisis of 1905 is used to show that conventional wisdom places unwarranted weight on a state's reputation for standing firm in the interconnected international system. The discussions also explore the systemic causes of World War II: Contributors examine how the international financial system unwittingly helped destroy Weimar democracy and offer a challenging reinterpretation of the workings of the balance of power in the 1930s. Qualifying the view that interdependence promotes peace, we see how German and Japanese economic dependence led them to adopt offensive military strategies. The contributing authors rebut currently popular arguments for collective security and trace the complex, unforeseen interactions between Europe's monetary system and its scheme for financing agricultural subsidies. The final chapter, tying all the case studies together, argues that the key to systemic stability is to provide security for the most vulnerable, important state in the system
How statesmen think : the psychology of international politics by Robert Jervis( Book )

10 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Robert Jervis has been a pioneering leader in the study of the psychology of international politics for more than four decades. How Statesmen Think presents his most important ideas on the subject from across his career. This collection of revised and updated essays applies, elaborates, and modifies his pathbreaking work. The result is an indispensable book for students and scholars of international relations. How Statesmen Think demonstrates that expectations and political and psychological needs are the major drivers of perceptions in international politics, as well as in other arenas. Drawing on the increasing attention psychology is paying to emotions, the book discusses how emotional needs help structure beliefs. It also shows how decision-makers use multiple shortcuts to seek and process information when making foreign policy and national security judgments. For example, the desire to conserve cognitive resources can cause decision-makers to look at misleading indicators of military strength, and psychological pressures can lead them to run particularly high risks. The book also looks at how deterrent threats and counterpart promises often fail because they are misperceived. How Statesmen Think examines how these processes play out in many situations that arise in foreign and security policy, including the threat of inadvertent war, the development of domino beliefs, the formation and role of national identities, and conflicts between intelligence organizations and policymakers
International politics : anarchy, force, political economy, and decision-making by Robert J Art( Book )

13 editions published between 1984 and 1985 in English and held by 261 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Systems, stability, and statecraft : essays on the international history of modern Europe by Paul W Schroeder( Book )

7 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 243 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Chaos in the liberal order : the Trump presidency and international politics in the 21st century by Robert Jervis( )

8 editions published in 2018 in English and held by 191 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Donald Trump's election has called into question many fundamental assumptions about politics and society. Should the forty-fifth president of the United States make us reconsider the nature and future of the global order? Collecting a wide range of perspectives from leading political scientists, historians, and international-relations scholars, Chaos in the Liberal Order explores the global trends that led to Trump's stunning victory and the impact his presidency will have on the international political landscape. Contributors situate Trump among past foreign policy upheavals and enduring models for global governance, seeking to understand how and why he departs from precedents and norms. The book considers key issues, such as what Trump means for America's role in the world; the relationship between domestic and international politics; and Trump's place in the rise of the far right worldwide. It poses challenging questions, including: Does Trump's election signal the downfall of the liberal order or unveil its resilience? What is the importance of individual leaders for the international system, and to what extent is Trump an outlier? Is there a Trump doctrine, or is America's president fundamentally impulsive and scattershot? The book considers the effects of Trump's presidency on trends in human rights, international alliances, and regional conflicts. With provocative contributions from prominent figures such as Stephen M. Walt, Andrew J. Bacevich, and Samuel Moyn, this timely collection brings much-needed expert perspectives on our tumultuous era
The symbolic nature of nuclear politics by Robert Jervis( Book )

5 editions published between 1985 and 1987 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The future of U.S. foreign policy( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Discusses the development and implementation of U.S. foreign policy by examining theories that inform U.S. strategy, responses to U.S. military and geopolitical power, and the role of human rights and civil liberties"--Provided by publisher
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Dominoes and bandwagons : strategic beliefs and great power competition in the Eurasian rimland
Dominoes and bandwagons : strategic beliefs and great power competition in the Eurasian rimlandInternational politics : enduring concepts and contemporary issuesSystem effects : complexity in political and social lifePerception and misperception in international politicsAmerican foreign policy in a new eraThe logic of images in international relationsPsychology and deterrenceThe meaning of the nuclear revolution : statecraft and the prospect of Armageddon
Alternative Names
Jervis, Robert

Jervis, Robert L.

Jervis, Robert L. 1940-

Robert Jervis Amerikaans politicoloog

Джервис, Роберт

Роберт Джервіс американський вчений-політолог

روبرت جيرفس، 1940-

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