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Coercive diplomacy - the use of threats and assurances to alter another state's behavior - is indispensable to international relations. Most scholarship has focused on whether and when states are able to use coercive methods to achieve their desired results. However, employing game-theoretic tools, statistical modeling, and detailed case study analysis, Power Plays builds and tests a theory that explains how states develop strategies of coercive diplomacy, how their targets shield themselves from these efforts, and the implications for interstate relations. Focusing on the World Trade Organization, Power Plays argues that coercive diplomacy often precludes cooperation due to fears of exploitation, but that international institutions can solve these problems by convincing states to eschew certain tools for coercive purposes.Read more
- Power Plays proposes a new view of coercive diplomacy that will appeal to scholars and students of coercive diplomacy, sanctions, international institutions, globalization and international relations
- Using a multi-method approach, this book presents readers with a variety of evidence including a game theoretic model, case studies and statistical analysis
- The book presents a wide variety of current and historical examples tied to important policy debates
Reviews & endorsements
"The success of the World Trade Organization in ensuring free trade has inadvertently shifted states' coercive strategies toward other areas like foreign aid, regulation, and military intervention. This is just one of the many insights in Allison Carnegie's excellent book, which challenges much of what we thought we knew about international institutions and international cooperation. Power Plays - with its mix of formal modeling, careful data analyses, and country case studies - will quickly become required reading among scholars of international relations."
David A. Singer, Massachusetts Institute of TechnologySee more reviews
"Allison Carnegie shows, with both quantitative and qualitative evidence, that multilateral institutions - particularly the World Trade Organization (WTO) but others as well - help states credibly to commit not to extort concessions from partners after international agreements that generate costly investments. Power Plays is a theoretically original and methodologically convincing addition to the literature on multilateral institutions and the world political economy."
Robert Keohane, Princeton University, and author of After Hegemony: Cooperation and Discord in the World Political Economy
"In this concise and theoretically sophisticated book, Allison Carnegie explains the dynamics of trade as a tool of coercive diplomacy. Bringing together insights from international political economy, security, and international organization, she shows how the WTO reduces economic underinvestment between states that are vulnerable to coercive diplomacy, and how reducing the coercive use of trade shifts international pressure towards other methods. This book is a nuanced and important work for all students of international relations."
Susan D. Hyde, Yale University
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- Date Published: September 2015
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107547506
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 13 mm
- weight: 0.3kg
- contains: 5 b/w illus. 8 tables
- availability: In stock
Table of Contents
2. Theoretical framework
3. Bilateral agreements and state similarity
4. WTO membership as a commitment strategy
5. Coercive diplomacy in comparative perspective
6. Agreements and the displacement of coercion
7. Reduced effectiveness of coercion: evidence from the United States
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