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Democracy and Coercive Diplomacy : Cambridge Studies in International Relations (Paperback) - Kenneth A. Schultz

Democracy and Coercive Diplomacy

Cambridge Studies in International Relations (Paperback)

Paperback Published: 11th September 2001
ISBN: 9780521796699
Number Of Pages: 324

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Kenneth Schultz explores the effects of democratic politics on the use and success of coercive diplomacy. He argues that open political competition between the government and opposition parties influences the decision to use threats in international crises, how rival states interpret those threats, and whether or not crises can be settled short of war. The relative transparency of their political processes means that, while democratic governments cannot easily conceal domestic constraints against using force, they can also credibly demonstrate resolve when their threats enjoy strong domestic support. As a result, compared to their non-democratic counterparts, democracies are more selective about making threats, but those they do make are more likely to be successful - that is, to gain a favorable outcome without resort to war. Schultz develops his argument through a series of game-theoretic models and tests the resulting hypothesis using both statistical analyses and historical case studies.

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'It is always a pleasure to read a book with such a broad scope and possible important consequences not only for political theory, but also practice as the one written so intelligently by Kenneth Schultz. ... It will ... be very useful for anyone working and dealing with international security issues; and perhaps, it would provoke others to further and elaborate the issues stirred up by Schultz's research.' Emilian Kavalski, Global Review of Ethnopolitics

Information and signalling in international crises
Democratic politics in international crises
Domestic competition and signalling in international crises
Empirical Analysis
Selective threats, effective threats: the initiation and escalation of international crises
Credibility confirmed: the implications of domestic support
Credibility undermined: the implications of domestic dissent
Conclusions and implications
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ISBN: 9780521796699
ISBN-10: 0521796695
Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations (Paperback)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 324
Published: 11th September 2001
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.01 x 15.9  x 2.03
Weight (kg): 0.52