POLITICAL SCIENCE 142K FINAL – SUMMER 2015 – PROFESSOR V. MAGAGNA
Instructions
The paper is due at 11:ooam on September 4th. Papers can be turned in outside SSB
375. Please upload an additional copy of your paper to the Turnitin.com link posted
on the course’s TED site. Submissions will not be considered complete until both a
hard and electronic copy have been received.
Length: 7-9 pages, double-spaced, 1 inch margins, using a traditional font in size 12
(Times New Roman in 12pt font is recommended). Please respond to ONLY ONE of
the following prompts and indicate which of the prompts you are answering in the
paper’s title. Please also include page numbers.
Call Professor Magagna at 858-337-1926 for assistance
Prompts
1. Explain the paradox of domestic commitment and the coercion and
bargaining hypotheses (sources: lectures, Doyle)
2. Explain the origins of the modern domestic commitment problem in terms of
the logistics constraint and the four transitions (sources: lecture)
3. Explain the combat contracts and apply to US military behavior in WWII
(sources: lecture, Kindvatter)
4. Explain wars of aggression, wars of refusal, and wars of retribution (sources:
lecture, Doyle, Fromkin) (PLEASE DON’T ANSWER THIS QUESTION IF YOU
ANSWERED A SIMILAR QUESTION ON THE MIDTERM)
5. How do the balance of power, the security dilemma, and deterrence help to
explain the origins of war (sources: lecture, Doyle) (PLEASE DON’T ANSWER
THIS QUESTION IF YOU ANSWERED A SIMILAR QUESTION ON THE
MIDTERM)

POLITICAL SCIENCE 142K FINAL – SUMMER 2015 – PROFESSOR V. MAGAGNA
Instructions
The paper is due at 11:ooam on September 4th. Papers can be turned in outside SSB
375. Please upload an additional copy of your paper to the Turnitin.com link posted
on the course’s TED site. Submissions will not be considered complete until both a
hard and electronic copy have been received.
Length: 7-9 pages, double-spaced, 1 inch margins, using a traditional font in size 12
(Times New Roman in 12pt font is recommended). Please respond to ONLY ONE of
the following prompts and indicate which of the prompts you are answering in the
paper’s title. Please also include page numbers.
Call Professor Magagna at 858-337-1926 for assistance
Prompts
1. Explain the paradox of domestic commitment and the coercion and
bargaining hypotheses (sources: lectures, Doyle)
2. Explain the origins of the modern domestic commitment problem in terms of
the logistics constraint and the four transitions (sources: lecture)
3. Explain the combat contracts and apply to US military behavior in WWII
(sources: lecture, Kindvatter)
4. Explain wars of aggression, wars of refusal, and wars of retribution (sources:
lecture, Doyle, Fromkin) (PLEASE DON’T ANSWER THIS QUESTION IF YOU
ANSWERED A SIMILAR QUESTION ON THE MIDTERM)
5. How do the balance of power, the security dilemma, and deterrence help to
explain the origins of war (sources: lecture, Doyle) (PLEASE DON’T ANSWER
THIS QUESTION IF YOU ANSWERED A SIMILAR QUESTION ON THE
MIDTERM)