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How to Play Hardball and Get Away with It

How to play hardball and get away with it

Brinkmanship is a specific kind of threat strategy where the quantum of harm entailed for both the issuer and receiver of the threat is very high. As a result, the issuer of the threat needs to create some wiggle room so that she is not completely committed to carrying out the threat in case the other party does not comply. So, brinkmanship involves making a probabilistic threat. This chapter explains how a brinkmanship strategy is operationalized and lays down the key strategic principles that must be kept in mind when pursuing such a strategy.60

In January 2018, with just over a year left for the general election, ...

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