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Reasoning of state : realists, romantics and rationality in international relations / Brian C. Rathbun
Bib ID 8036039
Format BookBook [text, volume]
Rathbun, Brian C., 1973- author
Description Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, [2019] 
xi, 333 pages ; 24 cm. 
ISBN 9781108427425 (hardback) (alkaline paper)
1108427421 (hardback) (alkaline paper)
9781108446181 (paperback) (alkaline paper)
1108446183 (paperback) (alkaline paper)

Cambridge studies in international relations ; 149.


"Scholars and citizens tend to assume that rationality guides the decision making of our leaders. Brian Rathbun suggests, however, that if we understand rationality to be a cognitive style premised on a commitment to objectivity and active deliberation, rational leaders are, in fact, the exception - not the norm. Using a unique combination of methods, including laboratory bargaining experiments, archival-based case studies, quantitative textual analysis, and high-level interviews, Rathbun questions some of our basic assumptions about rationality and leadership, with profound implications for the field of international relations. Case studies of Bismarck and Richelieu show that the rationality of realists makes them rare. An examination of Churchill and Reagan, romantics in international politics who sought to overcome obstacles in their path through force of will and personal agency, show what less rationality looks like in foreign policy making"--

Full contents
  • The psychology of rationality : cognitive style in international relations
  • The three Rʹs of international relations : realism, romanticism and rationality
  • Little Bismarcks : a laboratory experiment on variation in rational thinking and rational behavior
  • The "Prince" among men : Bismarckʹs realpolitik in Prussian politics
  • Cold blood and iron : Bismarck, the struggle with Austria and German unification
  • Blind faith : Richelieu, the devoted, and France in counter-reformation Europe
  • "Blood, toil, tears and sweat" : Churchill, romanticism and the rational appeasement debate
  • "In defeat, defiance" : Churchill in words (1935-39) and in deeds (1940)
  • "Beginning the world all over again" : resolving the paradox of Ronald Reagan
  • Winning one as the Gipper? : Reaganʹs administration and American engagement with the Soviet Union

Includes bibliographical references (pages 310-330) and index.

Subjects Richelieu, Armand Jean du Plessis, duc de, 1585-1642.  |  Bismarck, Otto, Fürst von, 1815-1898.  |  Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965.  |  Reagan, Ronald.  |  Political realism.  |  International relations -- Decision making.  |  Prussia (Germany) -- Foreign relations -- 1815-1870.  |  France -- Foreign relations -- 1610-1643.  |  Great Britain -- Foreign relations -- 1936-1945.  |  United States -- Foreign relations -- 1981-1989.  |  France.


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