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Jervis, Robert 1940-

Works: 90 works in 382 publications in 7 languages and 13,005 library holdings
Genres: History  Case studies 
Roles: Author, Editor, Author of introduction, Other
Classifications: JX1395, 327
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Most widely held works by Robert Jervis
International politics: anarchy, force, imperialism by Robert J Art( Book )

94 editions published between 1973 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,902 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The theme for this book revolves around enduring concepts and contemporary issues in world politics. The authors have put both the developments and the literature in the context of the patterns that still remain valid for understanding the differences between politics in an anarchic environment and politics that takes place under a government
Perception and misperception in international politics by Robert Jervis( Book )

21 editions published between 1976 and 2015 in 4 languages and held by 1,002 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This study of perception and misperception in foreign policy was a landmark in the application of cognitive psychology to political decision making. The "New York Times" called it, in an article published nearly ten years after the book's appearance, "the seminal statement of principles underlying political psychology." The perspective established by Jervis remains an important counterpoint to structural explanations of international politics, and from it has developed a large literature on the psychology of leaders and the problems of decision making under conditions of incomplete information, stress, and cognitive bias. Jervis begins by describing the process of perception (for example, how decision makers learn from history) and then explores common forms of misperception (such as overestimating one's influence). Finally, he tests his ideas through a number of important events in international relations from nineteenth- and twentieth-century European history. In a contemporary application of Jervis's ideas, some argue that Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait in 1990 in part because he misread the signals of American leaders with regard to the independence of Kuwait. Also, leaders of the United States and Iraq in the run-up to the most recent Gulf War might have been operating under cognitive biases that made them value certain kinds of information more than others, whether or not the information was true. Jervis proved that, once a leader believed something, that perception would influence the way the leader perceived all other relevant information. -- Publisher description
The illogic of American nuclear strategy by Robert Jervis( Book )

18 editions published between 1984 and 1986 in English and held by 972 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Why intelligence fails : lessons from the Iranian Revolution and the Iraq War by Robert Jervis( Book )

15 editions published between 2010 and 2015 in English and Undetermined and held by 820 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The U.S. government spends enormous resources each year on the gathering and analysis of intelligence, yet the history of American foreign policy is littered with missteps and misunderstandings that have resulted from intelligence failures. In Why Intelligence Fails, Robert Jervis examines the politics and psychology of two of the more spectacular intelligence failures in recent memory: the mistaken belief that the regime of the Shah in Iran was secure and stable in 1978, and the claim that Iraq had active WMD programs in 2002." "The Iran case is based on a newly declassified report Jervis was commissioned to undertake by CIA thirty years ago and includes memoranda written by CIA officials in response to Jervis's findings. The Iraq case, also grounded in a review of the intelligence community's performance, is based on close readings of both classified and declassified documents, though Jervis's conclusions are entirely supported by evidence that has been declassified." "In both cases, Jervis finds not only that intelligence was badly flawed but also that later explanations - analysts were bowing to political pressure and telling the White House what it wanted to hear or were willfully blind - were also incorrect. Proponents of these explanations claimed that initial errors were compounded by groupthink, lack of coordination within the government, and failure to share information." "Policy prescriptions, including the establishment of a Director of National Intelligence, were supposed to remedy the situation." "In Jervis's estimation, neither the explanations nor the prescriptions are adequate. The inferences that intelligence drew were actually quite plausible given the information available. Errors arose, he concludes, from insufficient attention to the ways in which information should be gathered and interpreted, a lack of self-awareness about the factors that led to the judgments, and an organizational culture that failed to probe for weaknesses and explore alternatives. Evaluating the inherent tensions between the methods and aims of intelligence personnel and policymakers from a unique insider's perspective, Jervis forcefully criticizes proposals for improving the performance of the intelligence community and discusses ways in which future analysis can be improved."--Jacket
The logic of images in international relations by Robert Jervis( Book )

22 editions published between 1970 and 1989 in English and held by 765 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

System effects : complexity in political and social life by Robert Jervis( Book )

31 editions published between 1997 and 2008 in 3 languages and held by 657 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Based on more than three decades of observation, Robert Jervis concludes in this book that the very foundation of many social science theories - especially those in political science - are faulty. Taking insights from complexity theory as his point of departure, the author observes that we live in a world where things are interconnected, where unintended consequences of our actions are unavoidable and unpredictable, and where the total effect of behavior is not equal to the sum of individual actions. Jervis draws on a wide range of human endeavors to illustrate the nature of these system effects. He shows how increasing airport security might actually cost lives, not save them, and how removing dead trees (ostensibly to give living trees more room) may damage the health of an entire forest
Psychology and deterrence by Robert Jervis( Book )

14 editions published between 1985 and 1991 in English and held by 632 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The meaning of the nuclear revolution : statecraft and the prospect of Armageddon by Robert Jervis( Book )

11 editions published between 1989 and 2010 in English and held by 599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Soviet-American relations after the cold war by Robert Jervis( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 1991 in English and held by 570 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Oxford handbook of political psychology by David O Sears( Book )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2013 in 3 languages and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Focusing on political psychology at the individual level (genes, early childhood, personality, decision-making, emotions, values, ideology) and the collective (group identity, social justice, mass mobilization, political violence, prejudice reduction), this interdisciplinary volume covers models of the mass public and political elites and addresses both domestic issues and foreign policy. The volume provides an up-to-date, comprehensive, and expertly distilled account of cutting-edge research within both psychology and political science
American foreign policy in a new era by Robert Jervis( Book )

9 editions published between 2005 and 2013 in English and held by 376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Discussing key foreign policy issues such as proliferation, deterrence, preemption, and the War on Terror, this text brings together some of Jervis' most important
Dominoes and bandwagons : strategic beliefs and great power competition in the Eurasian rimland( Book )

12 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 338 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A collection of essays on military defence strategy, which considers historical applications of the "domino theory", the psychological dynamics of the US-Soviet relationship vis-a-vis Eurasian boundaries. It also examines whether the USSR actually infers a lack of resolve from American retreats
Coping with complexity in the international system( Book )

8 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 272 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Prevailing theories of the international system reflect the bygone era of the bipolar Cold War stalemate. Understanding the complex new multipolar era requires a fresh approach. In this volume, Jack Snyder and Robert Jervis show why ultraparsimonious systems theories that focus on the balance of power among a few large states fail to capture the dynamics of today's highly interdependent, multipolar system. Taking issue with the accepted wisdom of the international studies field, Snyder argues that systems theories must address the interactions between international and domestic systems, and between military and economic systems. Using Robert Jervis's seminal essay on unintended consequences in complex systems as their point of departure, the contributing authors explore case studies of past and present multipolar systems to present analyses that challenge current thinking in international security and economics. Historical chapters show how understanding the workings of complex systems allowed statesmen to devise the Concert of Europe and how the collapse of the Concert in the Crimean War was triggered by the tsar's failure to comprehend the indirect impact his strategies would have on British public opinion. Another chapter highlights the feedback processes between domestic politics and the international monetary system that led to the rise and fall of the gold standard and to the creation of the European monetary system. The diplomacy of the Moroccan crisis of 1905 is used to show that conventional wisdom places unwarranted weight on a state's reputation for standing firm in the interconnected international system. The discussions also explore the systemic causes of World War II: Contributors examine how the international financial system unwittingly helped destroy Weimar democracy and offer a challenging reinterpretation of the workings of the balance of power in the 1930s. Qualifying the view that interdependence promotes peace, we see how German and Japanese economic dependence led them to adopt offensive military strategies. The contributing authors rebut currently popular arguments for collective security and trace the complex, unforeseen interactions between Europe's monetary system and its scheme for financing agricultural subsidies. The final chapter, tying all the case studies together, argues that the key to systemic stability is to provide security for the most vulnerable, important state in the system
Systems, stability, and statecraft : essays on the international history of modern Europe by Paul W Schroeder( Book )

6 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 233 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The symbolic nature of nuclear politics by Robert Jervis( Book )

4 editions published in 1987 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The future of U.S. foreign policy( Book )

3 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Discusses the development and implementation of U.S. foreign policy by examining theories that inform U.S. strategy, responses to U.S. military and geopolitical power, and the role of human rights and civil liberties"--Provided by publisher
Deterrence theory revisited by Robert Jervis( Book )

2 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 22 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

La realidad inventada : percepciones y proceso de toma de decisiones en política exterior by Rubén Herrero de Castro( Book )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in Spanish and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Īrān : kayfīyat taqāṭuʻ al-siyāsah wa-al-istikhbārāt by Robert Jervis( Book )

2 editions published in 2014 in Arabic and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Perception and misperception in international politics
Alternative Names
Jervis, Robert

Jervis, Robert L.

Jervis, Robert L. 1940-

Robert Jervis Amerikaans politicoloog

روبرت جيرفس، 1940-



Perception and misperception in international politicsWhy intelligence fails : lessons from the Iranian Revolution and the Iraq WarThe logic of images in international relationsSystem effects : complexity in political and social lifePsychology and deterrenceThe meaning of the nuclear revolution : statecraft and the prospect of ArmageddonSoviet-American relations after the cold warOxford handbook of political psychology