Back to the Future in the Study of Deterrence
Abstract:Recent scholarship on deterrence takes a highly abstract and rationalistic form that calls itself "perfect deterrence theory." Proponents of this approach claim that it represents an improvement on the classical writings that appeared in the 1950s and 1960s. Discrepancies between the two schools, however, reflect longstanding debates over the dynamics of deterrence. On the whole, classical theorists offer a more coherent and persuasive set of analytical concepts than do the champions of perfect deterrence theory, and provide a more useful guide to policy-making.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2013-05-01
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