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Unformatted text preview: already invested too much reputation to back down. When a second crisis erupts between two previous foes, both sides will be even less willing to compromise, whatever the outcome of the previous conflict might have been. If the previous conflict ended in a draw, both sides now have even more reason to avoid losing. If the previous round ended in one side's defeat, the antagonism may become even more severe: the side that won is unwilling to lose its supposedly hardwon reputation, while the side that lost may stand firm in an attempt to regain its "lost" reputation. Each additional round makes both sides feel that they have more and more reputation at stake in the confrontation, so they are even more reluctant to compromise. Hence, the "lockin effect" is far more serious in rivalries than in random conflicts.53 ¶ The arrival of the second conflict also makes both sides believe that the conflict between them is unresolvable and will remain so for the foreseeable future. This will lead both sides to fear that the...
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This note was uploaded on 10/27/2013 for the course DEBATE 101 taught by Professor None during the Summer '12 term at University of California, Berkeley.
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