THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW by ALlison

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THE AMERICAN POLITICAL SCIENCE REVIEW: CONCEPTUAL   MODELS AND THE CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS by Graham T.   Allison  The principle purpose of the essay is to explore some of the fundamental  assumptions and categories employed by analysts in thinking about the problems  of governmental behaviour, esp. in foreign and military affairs. This essay focuses  primarily on explanation and by implication prediction.  In BRIEF: Allison presents three models of government (and bureaucratic) action, any of which might correctly explain what happened during the Cuban Missile Crisis. A central point is the difficulty in proving exactly why a government follows a particular course of action.   Main Argument: The following quotation provides a quick overview of Allison's three conceptual models: "A central metaphor illuminates differences among these models. Foreign policy has often been compared to moves, sequences of moves, and games of chess. If one were limited to observations on a screen upon which moves
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2011 for the course POLI 243 taught by Professor Markbrawley during the Spring '09 term at McGill.

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