Peter J. Katzenstein

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Can rational choice modeling explain why Hamas, Taliban, Hezbollah and other radical religious rebels are so lethal? The literature rejects theological explanations. We propose a club framework, which emphasizes the function of voluntary religious organizations as efficient providers of local public goods in the absence of government provision. The(More)
Is there case study evidence of a relationship between the social construction of ethnic identities and the probability of ethnic war? The mere observation that ethnic identities are socially constructed does not by itself explain ethnic violence and may not even be particularly relevant. Our purpose here is to see if we can reject the null hypothesis that(More)
The role of international institutionshas been central to the study of world politics at least since the conclusion of World War II. Much of this research was, and continues to be, pioneered in the pages of International Organization. In this article we take stock of past work on international institutions, trace the evolution of major themes in scholarship(More)
Who chooses suicide attacks? Using three data sources spanning a half-century, and comparing suicide attackers to civil war insurgents, we show that a) insurgents typically target poor, mountainous countries, while suicide attacks do not; b) though insurgents often kill coreligionists, they seldom use suicide attacks to do so; and c) though many groups(More)
It is always risky to pronounce a verdict of death on ideas, even after an extended period of apparent lifelessness, but I predict that we have seen the last of the "sociologists" in political science. . . . What has happened is that others too have penetrated the characteristically sloppy logic and flabby prose to discover the deeper problems of(More)
One of the most striking findings in political science is the democratic peace: the absence of war between democracies. Some authors attempt to explain this phenomenon by highlighting the role of public opinion. They observe that democratic leaders are beholden to voters and argue that voters oppose war because of its human and financial costs. This logic(More)
The concept of deterrence has been central to traditional international security studies. Deterrence has been invoked as the primary explanation for two central phenomena of twentieth-century international relations--the non-use of nuclear weapons and the non-use of chemical weapons. Yet, upon closer examination, it becomes clear that the conventional(More)