Mutual Optimism as a Rationalist Explanation for War

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Slantchev, Branislav L.; Tarar, Ahmer S.;
  • Subject: bargaining model of war, mutual optimism, causes of war, agree to disagree
    • jel: jel:H56 | jel:C7

Blainey (1988) argued that crises are more likely to end in war when two nations disagree about their relative power. Fey and Ramsay (2007) claim that this widely used “mutual optimism” explanation is theoretically incoherent. Their criticism neglects the need to specif... View more
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