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Perception and misperception in international politics

Author: Robert Jervis
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, [1976] ©1976
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
This study of perception and misperception in foreign policy was a landmark in the application of cognitive psychology to political decision making. The "New York Times" called it, in an article published nearly ten years after the book's appearance, "the seminal statement of principles underlying political psychology." The perspective established by Jervis remains an important counterpoint to structural  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Jervis
ISBN: 0691056560 9780691056562 0691100497 9780691100494
OCLC Number: 2331110
Description: xi, 445 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Perception and the level of analysis problem --
External stimuli, internal processes, and intentions --
Deterrence, the spiral model, and intentions of the adversary --
Cognitive consistency and the interaction between theory and data --
The impact of the evoked set --
How decision-makers learn from history --
Attitude change --
Perceptions of centralization --
Overestimating one's importance as influence or target --
The influence of desires and fears on perceptions --
Cognitive dissonance and international relations --
Minimizing misperception.
Other Titles: Perception and misperception in international politics /
Responsibility: Robert Jervis.
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Begins by describing the process of perception (for example, how decision makers learn from history) and then explores common forms of misperception (such as overestimating one's influence). The  Read more...
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"The best statement of the psychological position in the literature on international politics. Highly readable, informative, and thought-provoking."--Library Journal

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