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Theory and practice of intervention


  • Jurgen Brauer

    () (Augusta State University)


The article discusses, first, systems control theory, which tells us how a self-regulating system, for example of social and political peace, should work. Second, it considers the theory of imperfect markets, which tells us just why peace and security frequently fail to be obtained. Third, it discusses collective action theory, which tells us what might be required for collective intervention in another state’s affairs to take place. These set the context, fourth, for a new idea – a theory of intervention – that might explain why individual states, rather than a collective of states, intervene or fail to intervene elsewhere. Fifth, to learn whether the practice of intervention appears to follow the theory laid out, descriptive evidence is presented for interventions undertaken by Australia, Canada, India, and New Zealand, 1899 to 2005.

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  • Jurgen Brauer, 2006. "Theory and practice of intervention," Economics of Peace and Security Journal, EPS Publishing, vol. 1(2), pages 17-23, June.
  • Handle: RePEc:epc:journl:v:1:y:2006:i:2:p:17-23

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    1. Ryan A. Compton & Bryan Paterson, 2016. "Military Spending and Growth: The Role of Institutions," Defence and Peace Economics, Taylor & Francis Journals, vol. 27(3), pages 301-322, June.
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    Cited by:

    1. Jurgen Brauer & Charles Anderton, 2014. "Economics and Genocide: Choices and Consequences," Working Papers 1408, College of the Holy Cross, Department of Economics.
    2. Vincenzo Bove & Ron Smith, 2011. "The Economics of Peacekeeping," Chapters,in: Handbook on the Economics of Conflict, chapter 10 Edward Elgar Publishing.

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    Intervention; theory; practice;

    JEL classification:

    • D74 - Microeconomics - - Analysis of Collective Decision-Making - - - Conflict; Conflict Resolution; Alliances; Revolutions
    • H56 - Public Economics - - National Government Expenditures and Related Policies - - - National Security and War


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