Anticipating War? War Preparations and the Steps-to-War Thesis

@article{Sample2016AnticipatingWW,
  title={Anticipating War? War Preparations and the Steps-to-War Thesis},
  author={S. Sample},
  journal={British Journal of Political Science},
  year={2016},
  volume={48},
  pages={489 - 511}
}
  • S. Sample
  • Published 2016
  • Political Science
  • British Journal of Political Science
This study addresses what it means, theoretically and diplomatically, to argue that states anticipate war. The ‘steps-to-war’ thesis contends that territorial disputes are high salience issues, but war is relatively unlikely unless state policies, such as arms buildups, directly increase the probability of war. This framework contrasts with the argument that these policies simply reflect underlying conflict, seen as the primary cause of both policies and war. The historical analysis here… Expand
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