Hypotheses on Misperception

  title={Hypotheses on Misperception},
  author={Robert L. Jervis},
  journal={World Politics},
  • R. Jervis
  • Published 1 April 1968
  • World Politics
In determining how he will behave, an actor must try to predict how others will act and how their actions will affect his values. The actor must therefore develop an image of others and of their intentions. This image may, however, turn out to be an inaccurate one; the actor may, for a number of reasons, misperceive both others’ actions and their intentions. In this research note I wish to discuss the types of misperceptions of other states’ intentions which states tend to make. The concept of… 
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