Why Arms Control Is So Rare

@article{Coe2019WhyAC,
  title={Why Arms Control Is So Rare},
  author={Andrew J. Coe and Jane Vaynman},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  year={2019},
  volume={114},
  pages={342 - 355}
}
  • A. Coe, Jane Vaynman
  • Published 18 December 2019
  • Political Science
  • American Political Science Review
Arming is puzzling for the same reason war is: it produces outcomes that could instead be realized through negotiation, without the costly diversion of resources arming entails. Despite this, arms control is exceedingly rare historically, so that arming is ubiquitous and its costs to humanity are large. We develop and test a theory that explains why arming is so common and its control so rare. The main impediment to arms control is the need for monitoring that renders a state’s arming… 
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