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Conflict Dynamics in Militarized Interstate Disputes

Metzger, Shawna K. (2013) Conflict Dynamics in Militarized Interstate Disputes. Doctoral Dissertation, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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My dissertation examines the determinants of interstate dispute dynamics. When making decisions, do state decision makers have an eye on the future as they perform cost-benefit analyses, or are they “blinded” by history? I claim that different disputes exhibit different types of dynamics. To the best of my knowledge, this claim has not been explicitly made before. I argue that the importance (or salience) of the issue being fought over has a significant influence on dynamics. Decisions regarding disputes over highly salient issues will be most affected by history, while decisions regarding less salient issues will be most affected by considerations about the future. I find empirical support for my argument using a unique methodological technique that can determine which conception of conflict dynamics is more helpful, and when. In doing so, I provide important insights into how we should think about militarized conflict, both interstate and intrastate.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Metzger, Shawna K.skm29@pitt.eduSKM29
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairGochman, Charles S.gochman@pitt.eduGOCHMAN
Committee MemberHays, Jude C.jch61@pitt.eduJCH61
Committee MemberSavun, Burcuburcu@pitt.eduBURCU
Committee MemberVasquez, John
Date: 1 July 2013
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 27 March 2013
Approval Date: 1 July 2013
Submission Date: 8 March 2013
Access Restriction: 5 year -- Restrict access to University of Pittsburgh for a period of 5 years.
Number of Pages: 261
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Political Science
Degree: PhD - Doctor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Doctoral Dissertation
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: war military dynamic time issue decision-making emotion territory
Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2013 15:56
Last Modified: 01 Jul 2018 05:15


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