SAGE Journal Articles

Chapter 3

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Article 1: Rosecrance, R. (March 1981). Reward, Punishment, and Interdependence. Journal of Conflict Resolution 25(1). 31-46.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Summarize the author’s theoretical argument regarding independence and interdependence, and explain how that is related to realist versus liberal understandings of state relationships as described in the textbook.
  2. Explain how interdependence is related to the case of World War I as described by the article’s author, and contrast that to the example of World War II.


Article 2: Lebow, R. N. (September 2010). The Past and Future of War. International Relations 24(3). 243-270.

Questions to Consider:

  1. Summarize the reasons the author gives for when and why states engage in interstate war and how those reasons differ from other theoretical explanations he mentions?
  2. How does the author characterize “great powers, ” and why does he make the distinction between objective, perceived, and relative power? What is the role of “standing” with respect to conflict?
  3. What are the author’s main conclusions? Explain them with respect to the constructivist perspective generally.