"Parity and War" is an impressive explanation of why peace
predominates in the international arena and why, on occasion, wars
do start. Useful for college students and scholars alike, the work
scrutinzes and tests ideas about power preponderance, first
discussed over a decade ago in the widely acclaimed book "The War
An alternative to traditional realism, power preponderence contends
that peace is preserved when a preponderant nation supports the
status quo. The theory convincingly accounts for war initiation,
recovery, and peace by analyzing military arms buildups, alliances,
territorial threats, economic cycles, and nuclear environment
deterrence and proliferation. The contributors to this volume
examine and analyze cases as diverse as the peaceful collapse of
the Soviet Union, the presence of interstate war in South America
in the last century and the absence thereof--despite domestic
war--in this century, the economic and political consequences of
the American Civil War, and the observation of long-term patterns
of conflict and peace in international relations.
Moreover, contributors to "Parity and War" utilize game theory,
expected utility, and differential calculus techniques to model
major war and to formalize the originally intuitive propositions of
power preponderance. Their timely research shows that, in this era
of nuclear weapons dominated by a single super power, effective
regime guidance by the United States can insure peace for the next
Contributors include Arina Arbetman, Bruce Bueno de Mesquita, Vesna
Danilovic, Daniel S. Geller, Kenk W. Houweling, Kelly M. Kadera,
Woosang Kim, Jacek Kugler, Douglas Lemke, Ross A. Miller, James D.
Morrow, A. F. K. Organski, Jan G. Siccama, Randoph M. Siverson,
Ronald Tammen, William R. Thompson, John A. Vasquez, Frank Whelon
Wayman, Suzanne Werner, and Frank C. Zagare.
Jacek Kugler is Elisabeth Helm Rosecrans Professor of International
Relations and Political Economy, Claremont College. Douglas Lemke
is Assistant Professor of Political Science, Florida State
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