Reliability, Reputation, and Alliance Formation
41 Pages Posted: 13 Aug 2009 Last revised: 5 Sep 2009
Date Written: 2009
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.
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