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ECPR Journals Virtual Special Issue

Sanctions and Inducements: Insights from Behavioral Economics and Psychology

International Relations
Political Psychology
Etel Solingen
University of California, Irvine
Etel Solingen
University of California, Irvine

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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