Social Trust, Anarchy, And International Conflict by M. JasinskiSocial Trust, Anarchy, And International Conflict by M. Jasinski

Social Trust, Anarchy, And International Conflict

byM. Jasinski, Michael P Jasinski

Hardcover | March 15, 2011

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Social Trust, Anarchy, and International Conflict challenges the democratic peace and diversionary war theories by emphasizing the importance of social trust, its origin as a by-product of effective governance exercised by strong states, and influence on international conflict. The author argues that strong states socialize individuals into social environments where self-esteem is gained not through comparisons against out-groups, but rather cooperative role fulfillment with other individuals. This socialization, which contributes to the formation of generalized social trust (itself a basic and powerful heuristic) is then carried over into the state’s interactions with international actors, contributing to their pacific behavior and even influencing the nature of international anarchy itself. As a result, democratic peace is not really peace between democracies but rather peace between strong, well-governed states, and diversionary war represents not an effort to improve regime popularity but rather state legitimacy.

Michael P. Jasinski is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh. His experience includes arms control verification duties and arms control and non-proliferation policy work. Jasinski’s published works include articles on the future of the Russian strategic nuclear forces published in the Journ...
Title:Social Trust, Anarchy, And International ConflictFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.5 × 5.51 × 0 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan USLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230113176

ISBN - 13:9780230113176


Table of Contents

Democratic Peace and Diversionary War * Anarchy, States, and Nations * Social Trust and Its Origins * Overcoming Particularism * The Social Trust Theory of International Conflict * Research Design * Results * The Outbreak of World War I * Analysis and Conclusions

Editorial Reviews

"An original argument, well executed and placed at the center of a whirlwind of debate about the sources of wars. The timing of this book couldn’t be any better as all the literature on social trust shows no signs of abating and the combination of these two literatures, social trust and sources of war, should generate interest for a huge audience. The book will appeal to a wide variety of social scientists and is suitable for use in undergraduate classes in political science, international affairs, sociology, history, and even anthropology."  --Markus Crepaz, Professor of Political Science, School of Public and International Affairs, The University of Georgia