PACS 313: Behavioral Approaches to Peace and Conflict

A conflict can be understood as an incompatible interaction between at least two actors, whereby one of the actors experience damage, and the other actor causes this damage intentionally, or ignores it. This proposition applies to both interpersonal as well as group conflict. At the interpersonal level, it is the decision choices of individuals that matters. The same is true at the group level. Any adequate understanding of group choice or action ultimately must be reducible to an understanding of the choices that individual human beings make in the context of institutions for the purpose of attaining individual objectives. This perspective has its roots in the decision sciences that seek to explore how people make decision if their actions and fates depend on the actions of others. In an interdependent context, individual decisions can be emotional as well as rational.

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