Agreement without peace? International mediation and time inconsistency problems


Journal Article

Mediation has competing short- and long-term effects. In the short run, the actors are better able to identify and settle on a mutually satisfying outcome. In the long run, mediation can create artificial incentives that, as the mediator's influence wanes and the combatants' demands change, leave the actors with an agreement less durable than one that would have been achieved without mediation. This article tests the observable implications from this logic using a set of international crises from 1918 to 2001. The results reconcile findings in the previous literature that inconsistently portray the effectiveness of mediation. © 2008, Midwest Political Science Association.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Beardsley, K

Published Date

  • October 1, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 52 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 723 - 740

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1540-5907

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0092-5853

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1540-5907.2008.00339.x

Citation Source

  • Scopus