Threat and alignment behavior

Grace E. Iusi Scarborough, Bruce Bueno De Mesquita

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    Alliance formation and termination are examined in the context of the impact of international threats on efforts to enhance national security. Threats against allies are shown to provide diagnostic information about the prospects that a state will be threatened. This diagnostic information is shown to lead to more sucessful national security-enhancing actions than do threats against the state itself. The theoretical foundation on which the analysis is based is an expected utility approach to conflict decision making. The empirical domain is the European system from 1816 to 1965.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)85-93
    Number of pages9
    JournalInternational Interactions
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Feb 1988

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Political Science and International Relations


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