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What arguments motivate citizens to demand nuclear disarmament

Harrington, Anne ORCID:, Gheorghe, Eliza and Loukianova, Anya 2017. What arguments motivate citizens to demand nuclear disarmament. Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists 73 (4) , pp. 255-263. 10.1080/00963402.2017.1338039

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Why is the global public so apathetic about nuclear disarmament? To answer this question, this article examines the various arguments made in support of policies meant to rid the world of atomic weapons. They include the immorality of deterrence, its impracticality in a world where the enemy does not behave rationally, and the calamitous consequences of nuclear accidents. The authors argue that the approach with the highest chance of successfully stimulating political activism focuses on the current costs of maintaining nuclear arsenals.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
U Military Science > U Military Science (General)
Additional Information: This article was republished after the Bulletin version came out as part of the conference proceedings and is available on the Heinrich Boll Foundation website. Open Access version available here:
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0096-3402
Funders: Heinrich Boll Foundation
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 7 January 2019
Date of Acceptance: 23 April 2017
Last Modified: 25 Oct 2022 23:32

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