Access

You are not currently logged in.

Access your personal account or get JSTOR access through your library or other institution:

login

Log in to your personal account or through your institution.

If You Use a Screen Reader

This content is available through Read Online (Free) program, which relies on page scans. Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.

Technological Innovation and Cooperation in Arms Races

Stephen J. Majeski
International Studies Quarterly
Vol. 30, No. 2 (Jun., 1986), pp. 175-191
Published by: Wiley on behalf of The International Studies Association
DOI: 10.2307/2600675
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2600675
Page Count: 17
  • Read Online (Free)
  • Download ($42.00)
  • Subscribe ($19.50)
  • Cite this Item
Since scans are not currently available to screen readers, please contact JSTOR User Support for access. We'll provide a PDF copy for your screen reader.
Technological Innovation and Cooperation in Arms Races
Preview not available

Abstract

Cooperation in the form of either tacit or formal agreements is a relatively rare event in both contemporary and historical arms races. Yet, analysts of most arms races suggest that all the participants usually can benefit from mutual cooperation. In this analysis, arms races are represented as Iterated Prisoner's Dilemma games of finite but uncertain length. Based on this plausible formulation, the conditions when mutual and/or unilateral tacit cooperation is 'rational', in a game theoretic expected payoff sense, are examined. Then the dynamic effects of technological innovation and formal arms control agreements on the payoff structure of the IPD game are introduced. Given these new conditions, the possibilities for cooperation are reexamined. This initial exploration permits a number of tentative conclusions about the conditions under which it is rational to cooperate, and why cooperation is so difficult to achieve in arms races.

Page Thumbnails

  • Thumbnail: Page 
175
    175
  • Thumbnail: Page 
176
    176
  • Thumbnail: Page 
177
    177
  • Thumbnail: Page 
178
    178
  • Thumbnail: Page 
179
    179
  • Thumbnail: Page 
180
    180
  • Thumbnail: Page 
181
    181
  • Thumbnail: Page 
182
    182
  • Thumbnail: Page 
183
    183
  • Thumbnail: Page 
184
    184
  • Thumbnail: Page 
185
    185
  • Thumbnail: Page 
186
    186
  • Thumbnail: Page 
187
    187
  • Thumbnail: Page 
188
    188
  • Thumbnail: Page 
189
    189
  • Thumbnail: Page 
190
    190
  • Thumbnail: Page 
191
    191