Yarhi-Milo Wins Best Book Award

January 07, 2020

Professor Keren Yarhi-Milo has won the American Political Science Association Foreign Policy Section's Best Book Award for Who Fights for Reputation? The Psychology of Leaders in International Conflict (Princeton University Press, 2018).

From the publisher: "In Who Fights for Reputation, Keren Yarhi-Milo provides an original framework, based on insights from psychology, to explain why some political leaders are more willing to use military force to defend their reputation than others. Rather than focusing on a leader’s background, beliefs, bargaining skills, or biases, Yarhi-Milo draws a systematic link between a trait called self-monitoring and foreign policy behavior. She examines self-monitoring among national leaders and advisers and shows that while high self-monitors modify their behavior strategically to cultivate image-enhancing status, low self-monitors are less likely to change their behavior in response to reputation concerns."