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Fall 2013

"Legitimating Power: The Domestic Politics of U.S. International Hierarchy"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 2, volume 38

By David A. Lake

An examination of U.S. indirect rule over Europe and Central America during the past century suggests that international hierarchy is compatible with democracy and rendered legitimate only when it creates large gains or when subordinate societies share policy preferences similar to those of the United States. In the contemporary Middle East, these conditions are absent, implying that the United States is better off retrenching "East of Suez."

 

 

Winter 2011/12

"Correspondence: Bargaining Theory and Rationalist Explanations for the Iraq War"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 3, volume 36

By Michael K. McKoy and David A. Lake

Michael K. McKoy responds to David A. Lake's winter 2010/11 International Security article, "Two Cheers for Bargaining Theory: Assessing Rationalist Explanations for the Iraq War."

 

 

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Winter 2010/11

"Two Cheers for Bargaining Theory: Assessing Rationalist Explanations of the Iraq War"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 3, volume 35

By David A. Lake

The Iraq War has received little sustained analysis from scholars of international relations. This article assesses the rationalist approach to war - or, simply, bargaining theory - as one possible explanation of the conflict. Bargaining theory correctly directs attention to the inherently strategic nature of all wars. It also highlights problems of credible commitment and asymmetric information that lead conflicts of interest, ubiquitous in international relations, to turn violent.† These strategic interactions were central to the outbreak of the Iraq War in 2003.

 

 

Spring 2008

"Correspondence: The Role of Hierarchy in International Politics"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 4, volume 32

By Paul MacDonald, Former Research Fellow, International Security Program, 2006-2008 and David A. Lake

Paul MacDonald responds to David Lake's Summer 2007 International Security article, "Escape from the State of Nature: Authority and Hierarchy in World Politics."

 

 

Summer 2007

"Escape from the State of Nature: Authority and Hierarchy in World Politics"

Journal Article, issue 1, volume 32

By David A. Lake

International relations scholars have long assumed that world politics is anarchic: if no institution exists above the state, there can be no authority above it. Yet evidence suggests that many states do engage in hierarchical relationships where dominant states command—with varying degrees of legitimacyR

 

 

Summer 2003

"Fair Fights? Evaluating Theories of Democracy and Victory"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 1, volume 28

By David A. Lake

David Lake contends that Desch's research design does not provide a fair test of the relationship between democracy and success in war.

 

 

Summer 2001

"Beyond Anarchy: The Importance of Security Institutions"

Journal Article, International Security, issue 1, volume 26

By David A. Lake

How influential are security institutions in establishing patterns of conflict and cooperation within the international system?

 

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