By J. Davidson

ISBN-10: 0230118488

ISBN-13: 9780230118485

ISBN-10: 1349378542

ISBN-13: 9781349378548

Why do Britain, France, and Italy offer or refuse army aid for U.S.-led makes use of of strength? This booklet presents a different, multiple-case examine research of transatlantic burden-sharing. Sixty unique interviews with most sensible policymakers and analysts supply perception into allies' judgements concerning the Kosovo warfare, Afghanistan, and the Iraq conflict.

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States value their alliance with the United States when they believe they will have influence in Washington. State concern with prestige varies over time on the basis of whether a government believes peer competitors underestimate its power. Prestige is implicated in particular cases when the state has ties to the target of intervention and when peer competitors agree with the use of force. The case studies include evidence to support the claims I make about the roots of the variables. , derived from social interaction).

53 The French public opposed providing military support but there is no evidence that electoral politics drove de Gaulle’s decision. 54 It is likely that a higher percentage would have opposed a French contribution. S. -led war in Vietnam, disgruntled voters could have punished him by voting for the opposition. -led war in Vietnam to maximize his electoral chances. There is no evidence, however, that de Gaulle ever considered providing military support. Some might argue that French identity could better explain this case.

50 Is the Argument Constructivist? The Roots of Alliance Value and Prestige One might argue that elements of this argument are rooted in a state’s identity—stable, role-specific understandings of self and other—and, as such, that alliance value, interest, and public opinion fail to access the heart of the causal story. First, one could argue that alliance value derives from Neoclassical Realist Explanation ● 25 how a state sees itself relative to the United States. Perhaps Britain’s high value for its alliance with the United States and France’s lower value are rooted in how those countries see themselves relative to the United States.

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