A social psychological approach to enduring rivalries

Cameron G. Thies

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The recent scholarly work on the concept of enduring rivalries offers a promising way to examine strategic interaction among dyads of states over extended periods of time. A focus on rivalry, and on the mechanisms that provide for such interaction, may offer a way to bridge eating theories of international relations that rely exclusively on structure or process. Unfonunately, the potential for theory-building has not been fully realized because research into rivalry has tended to be inductive. This paper seeks to rectify that problem by situating the rivalry concept within a social psychological approach to international relations. The rivalry concept is appropriately located in a theoretical approach that views the international system as a social system where actors are conditioned by mechanisms of competition and socialization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)693-725
Number of pages33
JournalPolitical Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2001
Externally publishedYes


  • Dissonance
  • Enduring rivalry
  • International system
  • Mechanisms
  • Social proof
  • Socialization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Relations


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