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Reasoning of state : realists, romantics and rationality in international relations

Author: Brian C Rathbun
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2019] ©2019
Series: Cambridge studies in international relations, 149.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Scholars and citizens tend to assume that rationality guides the decision making of our leaders. Brian Rathbun suggests, however, that if we understand rationality to be a cognitive style premised on a commitment to objectivity and active deliberation, rational leaders are, in fact, the exception - not the norm. Using a unique combination of methods, including laboratory bargaining experiments, archival-based case
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Rathbun, Brian C., 1973-
Reasoning of state.
Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2019]
(DLC) 2018049856
(OCoLC)1086411800
Named Person: Armand Jean du Plessis Richelieu, duc de; Otto Bismarck, Fürst von; Winston Churchill; Ronald Reagan; Otto Bismarck, Fürst von; Winston Churchill; Ronald Reagan; Armand Jean du Plessis Richelieu, duc de
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Brian C Rathbun
ISBN: 9781108612937 1108612938
OCLC Number: 1089758219
Notes: Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 13 Feb 2019).
Description: 1 online resource (xi, 333 pages) : illustrations
Contents: The psychology of rationality : cognitive style in international relations --
The three R?s of international relations : realism, romanticism and rationality --
Little Bismarcks : a laboratory experiment on variation in rational thinking and rational behavior --
The "Prince" among men : Bismarck?s realpolitik in Prussian politics --
Cold blood and iron : Bismarck, the struggle with Austria and German unification --
Blind faith : Richelieu, the devoted, and France in counter-reformation Europe --
"Blood, toil, tears and sweat" : Churchill, romanticism and the rational appeasement debate --
"In defeat, defiance" : Churchill in words (1935-39) and in deeds (1940) --
"Beginning the world all over again" : resolving the paradox of Ronald Reagan --
Winning one as the Gipper? : Reagan?s administration and American engagement with the Soviet Union --
Conclusion : the irrationality of rational choice : saving a paradigm from itself.
Series Title: Cambridge studies in international relations, 149.
Responsibility: Brian C. Rathbun.

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