Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL1027: Strategic Theory and Contemporary International Conflict

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

Karen Mingst & Arreguin-Toft: 2011. Essentials of International Relations, 5th edition. New York: W.W. Norton and Co.

Lake, David, and Robert Powell, “International Relations: A Strategic-Choice Approach” (1999) Princeton University Press. Chapter One: International Relations: A Strategic-Choice Approach David A. Lake and Robert Powell 3-38 and Chapter Three The Strategic Setting of Choices: Signaling, Commitment, and Negotiation in International Politics James D. Morrow 77-115.

Bueno de Mesquita, Bruce, “Testing Novel Implications from the Selectorate Theory of War,” World Politics 56(3) 2004 368-388.

Geddes, Barbara, “What do we know about democratization after Twenty Years?”, Annual Review of Political Science 1999 2:115-44.

James D. Fearon. 1995. "Rationalist Explanations for War." International Organization 49, 3 (Summer), 379-414.

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita: “Testing Novel Implications from the Selectorate Theory of War” World Politics 56(3) 2004 368-388.

Thomas Schelling. 1966. Arms and Influence. New Haven: Yale University Press, chs. 2-3.

Robert Putnam. 1988. "Diplomacy and Domestic Politics: The Logic of Two-Level Games." International Organization, 42, 3 (Summer), 427-460.

Robert Powell. 2002. "Bargaining Theory and International Conflict." Annual Review of Political Science 5: 1-30.

Kellstedt, Paul, and Guy Whitten, “The Fundamentals of Political Science Research” Cambridge University Press. Second edition (2013).Chapter 2 only pages 31-38.

Morrow, James “Game Theory for Political Scientists” Princeton University Press (1994). Chapters 1 and 2

Robert Powell, “Bargaining Theory and International Conflict,” Annual Review of Political Science, 2002

David Lake, “Rational Extremism: Understanding Terrorism in the 21st Century,” Dialogue-IO, Spring 2002.

Crenshaw, Martha (1998). The Logic of Terrorism: Terrorist Behavior as a Product of Strategic Choice. In W. Reich (Ed.), Origins of Terrorism: Psychologies, Ideologies, Theologies, States of Mind : Washington D.C.: Woodrow Wilson Center Press and Johns Hopkins.

Pape, Robert. 2003. “The Strategic Logic of Suicide Terrorism,” American Political Science Review 97(3), 343-361.

Baum, Matthew A. and Philip B. K. Potter. 2008. “The Relationship Between Mass Media, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy: Toward a Theoretical Synthesis.” Annual Review of Political Science 91-109.

Aldrich, John H., Christopher Gelpi, Peter Feaver, Jason Reifler and Kristin Thompson Sharp. 2006. “Foreign Policy and the Electoral Connection.” Annual Review of Political Science 9: 477–502.

James Fearon: “Why do some Civil Wars Last so much Longer than Others,” Journal of Peace Research 41 (3) 275-301.