Too Many Problems at Home to Help You: Domestic Disincentives for Military Coalition Participation

27 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2012

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Atsushi Tago

Waseda University - School of Political Science and Economics

Date Written: March 7, 2012

Abstract

Scholars have begun to examine the determinants of military coalition participation. Most studies pay closer attention to international (both systemic/dyadic) rather than domestic factors. While admitting the predominance of such international factors, this study claims that the domestic conditions of potential participants also determine if a state actually joins in a coalition. Specifically, domestic conditions work as suppressing factors for coalition participation. First, riots and violent domestic protests lead to a significant reduction in the probability of sending military troops for a coalition operation, because military resources cannot be deployed when they might be needed to maintain domestic order. Second, a state that is experiencing an economic recession cannot easily send its troops to a coalition operation because the domestic audience would prefer to prioritize resource allocations for domestic economic recovery.

Keywords: Military Coalition, Alliance, Domestic Determinants, Political Economy

JEL Classification: D74

Suggested Citation

Tago, Atsushi, Too Many Problems at Home to Help You: Domestic Disincentives for Military Coalition Participation (March 7, 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2017844 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2017844

Atsushi Tago (Contact Author)

Waseda University - School of Political Science and Economics ( email )

1-6-1 Nishiwaseda
Shinkuku
Tokyo
Japan

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