A Critique of “A Critique of The War Trap”

Bruce Bueno De Mesquita

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    By applying the criteria suggested by Lakatos for comparing rival theories, I show that the expected utility research program developed in The War Trap has yielded an integrative, fairly comprehensive theory that has provided a better empirical understanding of international conflict than any widely tested alternative. I go on to demonstrate that Majeski and Sylvan are mistaken with regard to their criticisms of the accuracy, importance, relevance, and fairness of the theory set out in The War Trap. Also, I show that they have misunderstood fundamental aspects of the theory and have, therefore, attributed premises and characteristics to it that it does not possess.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)341-360
    Number of pages20
    JournalJournal of Conflict Resolution
    Volume28
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1984

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    A Critique of “A Critique of The War Trap”. / Bueno De Mesquita, Bruce.

    In: Journal of Conflict Resolution, Vol. 28, No. 2, 1984, p. 341-360.

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    Bueno De Mesquita, Bruce. / A Critique of “A Critique of The War Trap”. In: Journal of Conflict Resolution. 1984 ; Vol. 28, No. 2. pp. 341-360.
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