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Guns and ButterThe Economic Causes and Consequences of Conflict$
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Gregory D. Hess

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262012812

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262012812.001.0001

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Paths to Peace and Prosperity

Paths to Peace and Prosperity

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Guns and Butter

Bruce Bueno de Mesquita

The MIT Press

This chapter examines the expected results of conflict and how those results relate to decisions to participate in war. It highlights the fact that domestic politics shape foreign policy decision making and incentives via constraints and institutions. It discusses some stylized views of the causes of war and considers a political economy view of conflict. This chapter also argues against the state-centric perspective of war and argues in favor of the selectorate theory which holds that leaders are instrumentally interested first in attaining and sustaining themselves in offices that confer political power.

Keywords:   conflict, war, domestic politics, policy decision making, causes of war, political economy, state-centric perspective, selectorate theory

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