Civil-Military Dynamics, Democracy, and International by Patrick James, Seung-Whan Choi

By Patrick James, Seung-Whan Choi

Addressing decision-making over interstate disputes and the democratic peace thesis, Choi and James construct an interactive overseas coverage decision-making version with a different emphasis on civil-military family, conscription, diplomatic channels and media openness. every one is critical in explaining judgements over dispute involvement. The temporal scope is wide whereas the geographic scope is international. the result's refined research of the reasons of clash and components that could ameliorate it, and a generalizable method of the learn of international family members. The findings that media openness contributes to peaceable solution of disputes, that the better the impression of the army the much more likely for there to be interstate disputes, that conscription is probably going to have an identical impression, and that raises in diplomatic interplay correlate with elevated clash are absolute to generate debate.

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Given the fact that our research is a first attempt to test systematically the relationship between civil–military relations and MIDs, we utilize military expenditure to measure degrees of military versus civilian influence in each state. Rising 44 Civil–Military Dynamics military power vis-à-vis civilian power is likely to increase military expenditure (Hill 1978; Zuk and Thompson 1982), which in turn may cause more interstate disputes. According to Diehl and Kingston (1987: 803), “this is often an assumption of many scholars and analysts, without empirical documentation.

In the process, civilian leaders must interact with military ones to identify the best options. Interactions between military and civilian leaders are anticipated to lead to two possible courses of action, depending on which group’s influence becomes stronger. 1. Foreign Policy Decision-Making Process Model If M > C Greater influence for military leaders Military measures (mobilization) Four Factors to Consider 31 crisis through political communications such as diplomatic channels or the media to reach a peaceful settlement.

Moreover, media openness may provide each state with an opportunity to reduce miscommunications and the attendant risk of escalation by providing open channels. 5 Since a more unrestricted information flow on preferences, capabilities, allies, and so on should reduce the chances of misperception and miscalculation, greater media openness may lead to a decrease in international disputes (Blainey 1988; Gerber and Green 1999; Stoessinger 2001). ” In particular, when both states in a dyad maintain a high degree of media openness, the likelihood of an interstate dispute should be reduced significantly.

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