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Author Hymans, Jacques E. C., author

Title The psychology of nuclear proliferation : identity, emotions and foreign policy / Jacques E.C. Hymans
Published Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2006
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Description 1 online resource (xii, 273 pages) : illustrations
Contents Introduction : life in a nuclear-capable crowd -- Leaders' national identity conceptions and nuclear choices -- Measuring leaders' national identity conceptions -- Struggle over the bomb in the French Fourth Republic -- Australia's search for security : nuclear umbrella, armament, or abolition? -- Argentina's nuclear ambition ... and restraint -- "We have a big bomb now" : India's nuclear U-turn -- Conclusion : lessons for policy
Summary 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.-- Publisher description
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject International relations -- Psychological aspects.
Nuclear nonproliferation -- Case studies.
Nuclear nonproliferation -- Government policy.
Nuclear nonproliferation -- Psychological aspects.
Genre/Form Case studies.
Case studies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2006296046
ISBN 0511145888
0511146906 (electronic bk.)
0511491417 (electronic bk.)
9780511146909 (electronic bk.)
9780511491412 (electronic bk.)