Reliability, Reputation, and Alliance Formation

41 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 5 Sep 2009

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Mark J. C. Crescenzi

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Political Science

Jacob D. Kathman

University of Mississippi

Katja B. Kleinberg

State University of New York (SUNY) - Department of Political Science

Reed M. Wood

Department of Government, University of Essex; Department of Government, University of Essex

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

In this paper we examine how the past alliance behavior of nations affects the likelihood that these states will be involved in alliance formation. We contend that nations evaluate the reputations of potential allies when searching for alliance partners. Reputation information is processed by governments along with other immediate concerns. By introducing a model and developing subsequent measures of reputational alliance histories we improve upon our current understanding of the factors that drive alliance formation.

Suggested Citation

Crescenzi, Mark J. C. and Kathman, Jacob D. and Kleinberg, Katja B. and Wood, Reed M., Reliability, Reputation, and Alliance Formation (2009). APSA 2009 Toronto Meeting Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1450539

Mark J. C. Crescenzi (Contact Author)

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Jacob D. Kathman

University of Mississippi ( email )

Oxford, MS 38677
United States

Katja B. Kleinberg

State University of New York (SUNY) - Department of Political Science ( email )

Binghamton, NY 13902-6000
United States
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Reed M. Wood

Department of Government, University of Essex ( email )

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Colchester CO4 3SQ, CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom

Department of Government, University of Essex ( email )

United Kingdom

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