Domestic politics and the escalation of commercial rivalr: Explaining the War of Jenkins’ Ear, 1739–48

  title={Domestic politics and the escalation of commercial rivalr: Explaining the War of Jenkins’ Ear, 1739–48},
  author={Patricia T. Young and Jack S. Levy},
  journal={European Journal of International Relations},
  pages={209 - 232}
The study of international rivalry is a thriving research program in international relations, but it focuses primarily on strategic rivalries and generally neglects both commercial rivalries and the impact of domestic politics. We examine commercial rivalry and the causal paths through which it can escalate to war. After identifying alternative theoretical explanations, we focus on the Anglo-Spanish rivalry of the 1730s and the processes through which it escalated to the War of Jenkins’ Ear… 
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