War as a Commitment Problem

@article{Powell2006WarAA,
  title={War as a Commitment Problem},
  author={Robert Powell},
  journal={International Organization},
  year={2006},
  volume={60},
  pages={169 - 203}
}
  • R. Powell
  • Published 9 December 2004
  • Political Science
  • International Organization
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 focused on informational issues. But informational explanations and the models underlying them have at least two major limitations: they often provide a poor account of prolonged conflict, and they give an odd reading of the history of some cases. This article describes these limitations and argues that… 
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