Why Nations Cooperate: Circumstance and Choice in International Relations

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Nations choose between cooperation and conflict, according to Arthur a. Stein, and such decisions underlie the entire range of international relations, from alliance to war. When, how, and why they choose between them, and with what consequences, constitute the primary foci of international politics.

In this lively and accessible book, Stein offers a new explanation of international cooperation and conflict as products of circumstance and choice. He argues that a nation's choice of cooperation or conflict is constrained not only by the nature of the international system but also by specific circumstances and by the criteria for policy choices. Different ways of formulating and assessing national interest, he demonstrates, are especially important factors in the choice of cooperation.

Stein illustrates his arguments about the bases of international cooperation and conflict with examples drawn from the study of diplomatic history, international political economy, and national security policy. The author's reassessment of such fundamental dichotomies as realism/liberalism and conflict/cooperation focuses on purposive calculation and makes use of models of strategic interaction.

Stein argues that core assumptions about the autonomous self-interested behavior of states in an anarchic international system are consistent not only with conflict but with cooperation. He illuminates the ways in which strategic interaction analysis may be used to integrate the individual, the state, and the system in the study of international relations. He also refines our notions of security, hegemony, competition, and misperception and eventually our definition of choice.

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