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By J. Davidson

Why do Britain, France, and Italy offer or refuse army help for U.S.-led makes use of of strength? This e-book presents a distinct, multiple-case examine research of transatlantic burden-sharing. Sixty unique interviews with most sensible policymakers and analysts offer perception into allies' judgements in regards to the Kosovo warfare (1999), Afghanistan (2001), and the Iraq warfare (2003). The instances exhibit that neoclassical realist factors--alliance price, possibility, status, and electoral politics--explain allies' judgements higher than constructivist factors--identity and norms. The ebook in brief covers extra instances (Vietnam, Lebanon, the Persian Gulf conflict, Somalia) and concludes with innovations for expanding destiny allied army help.

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Thus, the opposition defers because it believes the government is better equipped to make good military support decisions. The opposition also realizes that the prospective electoral gains from opposing military support are not as clear as polls might suggest. If it later emerges that the government simply had better information than the public and opposition about threat, expected electoral gains will evaporate. Moreover, the opposition may fear that a public initially opposed to military support will rally to the government once troops are deployed, leaving it electorally exposed.

While the public and governing elite may disagree on the best foreign policy for their country, governments do not always expect the disagreement to have electoral ramifications. The opposition’s stance on the issue is the single most important factor in whether the public is electorally relevant. 36 The opposition does not always provide the public with a clear alternative to the government, however. 37 Consider a scenario wherein the government perceives high alliance value and strong national interest at stake in the target of intervention and is leaning toward providing support but the public is opposed.

S. S. 61 Why did Italy refuse to provide military support despite a specific request from President Johnson to do so? indd 37 2/11/2011 8:49:37 PM 38 ● America’s Allies and War The Italian government, headed by Prime Minister Aldo Moro, valued Italy’s alliance relationship with the United States. S. S. S. ”66 In 1962, Giuseppe Saragat, who would serve as Italian Foreign Minister (1963–64) and President (from 1964–71), said he hoped Italy would never have to choose between Europe and America “[b]ut if it should come to this, I would choose America and so would the overwhelming majority of my countrymen, with the only exception of the Communists and of the Neo-Fascists.

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