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Minds at war: dual mindset theory and the psychology of Europe’s descent into the First World War

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Discrepancies in how leaders and political elites react to the escalation of international crises and to the possibility of war, even when confronted with the same or similar international constraints and decision-making dilemmas, is a puzzling phenomenon not comfortably accounted for by either traditional rational actor or earlier ‘cognitive miser’ psycho-dynamic models. A new psychological theory — the dual mindset theory — suggests that the mindsets of individual leaders act as an ...

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Department of Politics and International Relations

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Department of Politics and International Relations
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Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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