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Building Trust
Overcoming Suspicion in International Conflict
Building Trust
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Aaron M. Hoffman - Author
SUNY series in Global Politics
SUNY series in Israeli Studies
Price: $55.00 
Hardcover - 232 pages
Release Date: December 2005
ISBN10: 0-7914-6635-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6635-3

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Paperback - 232 pages
Release Date: June 2006
ISBN10: 0-7914-6636-1
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6636-0

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Summary

Challenges conventional assumptions about how international rivals form trusting relationships.

How is trust built in international politics? In this book, Aaron M. Hoffman argues that conventional arguments fail to account for two factors governments fear and wish to protect themselves from: domination by outside parties and political competition from internal parties. He argues that trusting relationships emerge in response to agreements that insulate governments from these worst-case scenarios by guaranteeing them voice in collective decisions and offering them concessions designed to mollify potential internal opposition. Using case studies that explore the formation of the United States, the development of the European Community, and negotiations over water resources in the Middle East, Hoffman shows that trusting relationships can only be built with the development of institutional mechanisms designed to reduce the consequences of betrayal.

Building Trust touches upon one of the most important concepts in international relations. It not only gives a very useful and interesting account of the formation of trustful relations, it also raises many intriguing questions that open the door for future research projects. The book undoubtedly has something to contribute, not only to scholars in international relations, but to scholars in all disciplines who are concerned with explaining how trust can emerge between formerly conflicting parties.” — International Studies Review

"The topic is central to our understanding of international relations in general. It offers an alternative approach toward understanding the conditions under which competing political actors can overcome mistrust. The choice of case studies is original and interesting, and the author develops the argument nicely." — Bruce Cronin, author of Institutions for the Common Good: International Protection Regimes in International Society

Aaron M. Hoffman is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Purdue University.


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Table of Contents

List of Figures, Tables, and Maps
Preface

1. The Problem of Trust in International Relations

Trust and the Interparadigm Debate
Argument
Plan of the Book

2. Trust and Trusting Relationships: A Conceptual Analysis

Conceptualizing Trust
Operationalizing Trusting Relationships: Rules for Measurement

3. Fostering Trusting Relationships: Three Theories

Learning
Identity
Institutions
Testing Explanations of Trusting Relationships

4. The Evolution of Trusting Relationships Among the American States, 1776–1789

Background
Governance and Discretion Under the Articles of Confederation
Governance and Discretion Under the U.S. Constitution: Trusting Relationships Emerge
Explaining the Onset of Trusting Relationships

5. Trusting Relationships and European Community: Institutional Design from the Treaty of Paris to the Single European Act, 1950–1986

Background
Governance and Discretion Under the Treaty of Paris
Governance and Discretion Under the Treaty of Rome
Explaining the Onset of Trusting Relationships

6. Trusting Relationships, Scarce Resources, and the Politics of Water in the Jordan River Valley

Background
The Israeli-Jordanian and Israeli-Palestinian Water Agreements Compared
Explaining the Onset of the Israeli-Jordanian (Near) Trusting Relationship

7. Conclusion: Overcoming Suspicion in International Relations

The Concept of Trust
The Causes of Trusting Relationships

Notes
Bibliography
Index



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