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Taking Stock of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Regime: Using Social Psychology to Understand Regime Effectiveness

Rublee, Maria


Since the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty (NPT) came into force almost 40years ago, only four states have acquired nuclear weapons. What accounts for such near-universal compliance? This paper argues that social psychology can help us understand the puzzle of nuclear restraint in two ways. First, nuclear forbearance should be unpacked into three outcomes: persuasion (behavior resulting from genuine transformation of preferences), social conformity (behavior resulting from the desire to maximize...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: International Studies Review
DOI: 10.1111/j.1468-2486.2008.00799.x


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