Psychology of Nuclear Proliferation by Jacques E. C. Hymans
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Psychology of Nuclear Proliferation
By Jacques E. C. Hymans

The Psychology of Nuclear Proliferation

Identity, Emotions and Foreign Policy

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Psychology of Nuclear Proliferation by Jacques E. C. Hymans

Book Awards

  • Winner of Edgar S. Furniss Book Award 2007.
  • Winner of International Society of Political Psychology Alexander George Book Award 2007.

Book Description

Dozens of states have long been capable of acquiring nuclear weapons, yet only a few have actually done so. Jacques E. C. Hymans finds that the key to this surprising historical pattern lies not in externally imposed constraints, but rather in state leaders' conceptions of the national identity. Synthesizing a wide range of scholarship from the humanities and social sciences to experimental psychology and neuroscience, Hymans builds a rigorous model of decisionmaking that links identity to emotions and ultimately to nuclear policy choices. Exhaustively researched case studies of France, India, Argentina, and Australia - two that got the bomb and two that abstained - demonstrate the value of this model while debunking common myths. This book will be invaluable to policymakers and concerned citizens who are frustrated with the frequent misjudgments of states' nuclear ambitions, and to scholars who seek a better understanding of how leaders make big foreign policy decisions.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521850766
ISBN-10: 0521850762
Format: Hardback
(228mm x 152mm x 17mm)
Pages: 286
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 16-Feb-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Jacques E. C. Hymans

Jacques E. C. Hymans is Associate Professor of International Relations at the University of Southern California. An expert on the politics of nuclear proliferation, he has published two single-authored books with Cambridge University Press, and numerous articles in peer-reviewed academic journals. Hymans received his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Harvard University.

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