Avoiding Losses/taking Risks: Prospect Theory and International Conflict
University of Michigan Press, 1994 - 165 sidor
This volume is a comprehensive examination of the benefits and potential pitfalls of employing prospect theory---a leading alternative to expected utility as a theory of decision under risk---to understand and explain political behavior. The collection brings together both theoretical and empirical studies, thus grounding the conclusions about prospect theory's potential for enriching political analyses in an assessment of its performance in explaining actual cases.
The theoretical chapters provide an overview of the main hypotheses of prospect theory: people frame risk-taking decisions around a reference point, they tend to accept greater risk to prevent losses than to make gains, and they often perceive the devastation of a loss as greater than the benefit of a gain. The three case studies---Roosevelt's decision-making during the Munich crisis of 1938, Carter's April 1980 decision to rescue the American hostages in Iran, and Soviet behavior toward Syria in 1966-67---generally support these hypotheses. Nevertheless, the authors are frank about potentially difficult conceptual and methodological problems, making explicit reference to alternative explanations, such as the rational actor model, which posits the maximization of expected value.
Contributors to the volume include Jack Levy, Robert Jervis, Barbara Farnham, Rose McDermott, Audrey McInerney, and Eldar Shafir.
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The reference point is usually the status quo , but that need not necessarily be
the case . One can also speak of deviations from an aspiration level or some
other reference point which is not equivalent to the status quo . This possibility
leads to ...
But are these events as frequent as they would be if opportunity were as strong a
motivation as the fear of loss ? In some cases , the reference point is not the
status quo but something better . The gap between this desired state of affairs
Furthermore , according to prospect theory , people evaluate prospective
outcomes against a neutral reference point , usually the status quo . Outcomes
that lie above the reference point are viewed as gains , while those falling below
it are ...
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