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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It is important to note that attitudes toward risk are not determined by the Sshaped
value function alone , as is commonly assumed in most applications of prospect
theory to international relations . Rather , risk propensities are determined ...
It is difficult to say which of these two prospects — preventive war or continued
decline — involves the greatest risks , at least in ... Risk Propensities When
Probabilities Are Small Another problem ( though perhaps a lesser one ) with
nearly all ...
Thus it is quite possible that individual , institutional , cultural , and other variables
have a significant influence on risk orientation . An analysis of the role of risk
propensities in international relations should not be confined to framing around a
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