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ECPR Summer School in Methods & Techniques 2020

Sanctions and Inducements: Insights from Behavioral Economics and Psychology

International Relations
 
Political Psychology
 
Security
 
Presenter
Etel Solingen
University of California, Irvine
Authors
Etel Solingen
University of California, Irvine

Abstract
The paper will apply insights from behavioral psychology and economics to examine why extending both positive and negative inducements to proliferating states is a process ridden with risk and uncertainty. It’ll focus on key problems in studies of sanctions and inducements that presuppose full rationality, such as the fallacy of assuming one “evident” state-level preference or the tendency to pronounce sanctions as having “worked” or “not worked” while ignoring the nuanced and non-linear nature of outcomes.
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