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War as a Commitment Problem
  • R. Powell
  • Sociology, Economics
  • International Organization
  • 9 December 2004
Although formal work on war generally sees war as a kind of bargaining breakdown resulting from asymmetric information, bargaining indivisibilities, or commitment problems, most analyses have focusedExpand
Defending against Terrorist Attacks with Limited Resources
  • R. Powell
  • Business
  • American Political Science Review
  • 26 July 2007
This paper develops a framework for analyzing a defender's allocation of scarce resources against a strategic adversary like a terrorist group in four settings: (1) a baseline case in which the sitesExpand
Bargaining and Learning While Fighting
Much of the existing formal work on war models the decision to go to war as a game-ending, costly lottery. This article relaxes this assumption by treating war as a costly process during which theExpand
▪ Abstract International relations theory has long seen the origins, conduct, and termination of war as a bargaining process. Recent formal work on these issues draws very heavily on Rubinstein'sExpand
Guns, Butter, and Anarchy
A state in the international system implicit in realism must allocate its limited resources between satisfying its intrinsically valued ends and the means of military power. I formalize thisExpand
Nuclear Deterrence Theory: The Search for Credibility
Preface 1. Introduction 2. The nuclear revolution and the problem of credibility 3. The dynamics of nuclear brinkmanship 4. Stability and longer brinkmanship crises 5. Crisis stability in the nuclearExpand
Strategic Choice and International Relations
Acknowledgments vii Chapter One International Relations: A Strategic-Choice Approach David A. Lake and Robert Powell 3 Chapter Two Actors and Preferences in International Relations Jeffry A. FriedenExpand
The Inefficient Use of Power: Costly Conflict with Complete Information
  • R. Powell
  • Economics
  • American Political Science Review
  • 1 May 2004
Recent work across a wide range of issues in political economy as well as in American, comparative, and international politics tries to explain the inefficient use of power—revolutions, civil wars,Expand
Macroeconomic Challenges of Scaling Up Aid to Africa: A Checklist for Practitioners
Over the next decade, African countries are expected to be the largest beneficiaries of increased donor aid, which is intended to improve their prospects of achieving the Millennium DevelopmentExpand
Absolute and Relative Gains in International Relations Theory
The problem of absolute and relative gains divides neoliberal institutionalism and structural realism. The former assumes states focus primarily on their absolute gains and emphasizes the prospectsExpand