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The Catastrophe Quota: Trouble after the Cold War

John Mueller
The Journal of Conflict Resolution
Vol. 38, No. 3 (Sep., 1994), pp. 355-375
Published by: Sage Publications, Inc.
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/174360
Page Count: 21
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Abstract

As the major problems that have bedeviled the world over the last half century have been resolved, the quest for things to worry about has continued unabated. The notion has taken hold that international affairs have somehow now become especially tumultuous, unstable, and complex. To arrive at such a conclusion, five techniques have been applied: the past has been simplified, a Eurocentric bias has been introduced, definitions have been changed, standards have been raised, and problems previously considered to be comparatively minor have been elevated in perceived importance.

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