Building Trust : Overcoming Suspicion in International Conflict
How is trust built in international politics? In this book, Aaron M. Hoffman argues that conventional arguments fail to account for two factors governments fear and wish to protect themselves from: domination by outside parties and political competition from internal parties. He argues that trusting relationships emerge in response to agreements that insulate governments from these worst-case scenarios by guaranteeing them voice in collective decisions and offering them concessions designed to mollify potential internal opposition. Using case studies that explore the formation of the United States, the development of the European Community, and negotiations over water resources in the Middle East, Hoffman shows that trusting relationships can only be built with the development of institutional mechanisms designed to reduce the consequences of betrayal.
- Hardback | 232 pages
- 172.72 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 430.91g
- 30 Dec 2005
- State University of New York Press
- Albany, NY, United States
- Total Illustrations: 0
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"The topic is central to our understanding of international relations in general. It offers an alternative approach toward understanding the conditions under which competing political actors can overcome mistrust. The choice of case studies is original and interesting, and the author develops the argument nicely."
About Aaron M. Hoffman
Aaron M. Hoffman is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Purdue University.