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Emotional Choices: How the Logic of Affect Shapes Coercive Diplomacy

Robin Markwica


In coercive diplomacy, states threaten military action to persuade opponents to change their behavior. The goal is to achieve a target’s compliance without incurring the cost in blood and treasure of military intervention. Coercers typically employ this strategy toward weaker actors, but targets often refuse to submit and the parties enter into war. To explain these puzzling failures of coercive diplomacy, existing accounts generally refer to coercers’ perceived lack of resolve or targets’ social norms and identities. What these approaches either neglect or do not examine systematically is the ... More

Keywords: logic of affect, emotional choice theory, coercive diplomacy, decision-making, psychology, sociology, affect, emotions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198794349
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198794349.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robin Markwica, author
Max Weber Fellow in the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies at the European University Institute and a Research Associate in the Centre for International Studies at the University of Oxford