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2017 Lepgold Book Prize: Fighting for Status by Jonathan Renshon
October 23, 2018 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
Join the Mortara Center in congratulating the 2017 Lepgold Prize winner, Professor Jonathan Renshon (University of Wisconsin-Madison) for his book, Fighting for Status: Hierarchy and Conflict in World Politics.
There is widespread agreement that status or standing in the international system is a critical element in world politics. The desire for status is recognized as a key factor in nuclear proliferation, the rise of China, and other contemporary foreign policy issues, and has long been implicated in foundational theories of international relations and foreign policy. Despite the consensus that status matters, we lack a basic understanding of status dynamics in international politics. The first book to comprehensively examine this subject, Fighting for Status presents a theory of status dissatisfaction that delves into the nature of prestige in international conflicts and specifies why states want status and how they get it.