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WAR AND UNREASON. Bounded Learning Theory and War Duration

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Title: WAR AND UNREASON. Bounded Learning Theory and War Duration
Authors: Nilsson, Marco
Issue Date: 15-Feb-2010
University: University of Gothenburg. Faculty of Social Sciences
Göteborgs universitet. Samhällsvetenskapliga fakulteten
Institution: Department of Political Science ; Statsvetenskapliga institutionen
Date of Defence: 2010-03-12
Disputation: Fredagen den 12 mars 2010, kl. 13.15, sal 10, Universitetsbyggnaden, Vasaparken.
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Publication type: Doctoral thesis
Series/Report no.: Gothenburg Studies in Politics
Keywords: war duration
security dilemma
offense-defense balance
bounded learning theory
Abstract: Why are some wars longer than others? Offense-defense theorists have assumed that wars are shorter and it is more difficult for states to create security when military technology favors the offense and attacking is easier than defending. This study argues that this assumption is wrong on both accounts. First, statistical hazards models show that various measures of the offense-defense balance are not associated with war duration in the state system between 1817 and 1992. Second, if wars are no... more
ISBN: 978-91-89246-46-1
ISSN: 0346-5942
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