Now available in paperback, Psychology and Deterrence reveals deterrence strategy's hidden and generally simplistic assumptions about the nature of power and aggression, threat and response, and calculation and behavior in the international arena.
"This thought-provoking discourse on the unquestioned pursuit of efficiency reveals how the discussion of efficiency in the delivery of public goods, such as education and health care, has risen to prominence in postindustrial society. Stein's provocative argument, reminiscent of the thinking of Lewis Mumford, demonstrates that efficiency can too often be a cloak for political agendas, and that pressure for efficiency can actually be a detrimental rather than a positive force. Citizens in public schools, community clinics, and hospitals are shown engaging directly with such agendas, redrawing the face of the state as they impose new ways of delivering public goods. Stein demonstrates how they are calling not only for efficiency but for accountability and choice as they confront the dilemmas of democratic processes in a global age."
Drawing on recently declassified documents and extensive interviews with Soviet and American policy-makers, among them several important figures speaking for public record for the first time, Ned Lebow and Janice Stein cast new light on the effect of nuclear threats in two of the tensest moments of the Cold War: the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 and the confrontations arising out of the Arab-Israeli war of 1973. They conclude that the strategy of deterrence prolonged rather than ended the conflict between the superpowers.
"A significant contribution toward a broader theory of negotiation... Prenegotiation triggers, shapes, and structures the negotiations that follow and contributes in important ways to the learning process."-- Foreign Affairs.
"This is an excellent book. The conceptual framework is new and challenging in adapting prospect theory to foreign policy decisionmaking; the cases are well chosen, clearly written, and analytically strong; the theoretical and applied implications of the work are highly suggestive and stimulating; and the writing is sensible and mercifully sententious."--Edward Kolodziej, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
With its combination of voices from both scholarship and leadership and its unique assessment of antisemitism in Canada and the struggle against it, "Contemporary Antisemitism" offers new perspectives on one of the world's most ancient and diffuse hatreds.