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The Reasons for Wars: An Updated Survey

Jackson, Matthew O.; Morelli, Massimo

Why do wars occur and recur, especially in cases when the decisions involved are made by careful and rational actors? There are many answers to this question. Given the importance of the question, and the wide range of answers, it is essential to have a perspective on the various sources of conflict. In this chapter we provide a critical overview of the theory of war. In particular, we provide not just a taxonomy of causes of conflict, but also some insight into the necessity of and interrelation between different factors that lead to war.


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The Handbook on the Political Economy of War
Edward Elgar

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November 23, 2011