Logic of Violence in Civil War by Stathis N. Kalyvas
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Logic of Violence in Civil War
By Stathis N. Kalyvas

The Logic of Violence in Civil War

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Logic of Violence in Civil War by Stathis N. Kalyvas

Book Awards

  • Winner of Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation: Hans Rosenhaupt Memorial Book Award 2007.
  • Shortlisted for American Political Science Association Politics and History Section: J. David Greenstone Award 2007.

Book Description

By analytically decoupling war and violence, this book explores the causes and dynamics of violence in civil war. Against the prevailing view that such violence is an instance of impenetrable madness, the book demonstrates that there is logic to it and that it has much less to do with collective emotions, ideologies, and cultures than currently believed. Kalyvas specifies a novel theory of selective violence: it is jointly produced by political actors seeking information and individual civilians trying to avoid the worst but also grabbing what opportunities their predicament affords them. Violence, he finds, is never a simple reflection of the optimal strategy of its users; its profoundly interactive character defeats simple maximization logics while producing surprising outcomes, such as relative nonviolence in the 'frontlines' of civil war.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521854092
ISBN-10: 0521854091
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x 29mm)
Pages: 510
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Stathis N. Kalyvas

Stathis N. Kalyvas is Arnold Wolfers Professor of Political Science at Yale, where he directs the Program on Order, Conflict, and Violence. He has taught at the University of Chicago, New York niversity, and Ohio State University, and has been a visiting professor at the Juan March Institute in Madrid. He is the author of The Rise of Christian Democracy in Europe (1996) which was awarded the J. David Greenstone Prize for the best book in politics and history. He has also received the Gregory Luebbert Award for the best article in comparative politics, and has been a grant recipient of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute.

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