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Constructive Illusions – Misperceiving the Origins of International Cooperation - Cornell Scholarship Online
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Constructive Illusions: Misperceiving the Origins of International Cooperation

Eric Grynaviski


Are the best international agreements products of mutual understanding? The conventional wisdom in economics, sociology, and political science is that accurate perceptions of others' interests, beliefs, and ideologies promote cooperation. Obstacles to international cooperation therefore emerge from misperception and misunderstanding. This book challenges this conventional wisdom by arguing that when nations wrongly believe they share a mutual understanding, international cooperation is actually more likely, and more productive, than if they had a genuine understanding of each other's position. ... More

Keywords: international agreements, cooperation, mutual understanding, international cooperation, misunderstanding

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452062
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452062.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Grynaviski, author
Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Affairs, George Washington University

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