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Comparable Deterrence: Target, Criteria and Purpose
Swedish Defence University, Department of Military Studies, Tactical Warfare Division, Maritime Operations Section.
2017 (English)In: Defence Studies, ISSN 1470-2436, E-ISSN 1743-9698, Vol. 17, no 2, p. 198-213Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The last decade has seen several advances in the study of deterrence. These advances have sparked some strong disagreements regarding interpretation of the models and what their contributions signify. This paper appraises the discussions from a model theoretic perspective. It is argued that when comparing rivalling models three aspects; (i) target, (ii) criteria and (iii) type of purpose should be taken into account in order to make a proper appraisal. Informed by these aspects it is evident that the three deterrence models analysed address different aspects, in different ways and to different ends. From this perspective, the so-called Perfect Deterrence model must be recognised as a clear advancement in the research field. Model comparison will always be context relative and a plurality of models should be viewed favourably.

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2017. Vol. 17, no 2, p. 198-213
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Deterrence, Game Theory, International Security, Theory of Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:fhs:diva-7010DOI: 10.1080/14702436.2017.1321468OAI: oai:DiVA.org:fhs-7010DiVA, id: diva2:1138693
Available from: 2017-09-06 Created: 2017-09-06 Last updated: 2017-09-11Bibliographically approved

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