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Democracies Under Fire: How Democratic Targets and Allies Respond to Coercive Threats

Scroggs, Matt
Thesis/Dissertation; Online
Scroggs, Matt
Sechser, Todd
Owen, John
Stam, Allan
Copeland, Dale
Potter, Philip
When do states concede to coercive threats? While the majority of research has focused on the states initiating these challenges, comparatively little attention has been given to the targets, the states that actually face the choice of whether to stand firm or back down. My project examines the role that a target's regime-type, broadly construed as democratic versus non-democratic states, plays in the decision-making process, arguing that democracies are more likely to concede when threatened due to the higher costs they pay for foreign policy failure and the relative ease that challengers have in identifying whether democracies are vulnerable to coercion. Further, my argument also extends to the role of democratic allies, who are less reliable when threats of violence are employed against their protégés. I employ statistical evidence with data from the Militarized Compellent Threat (MCT) and Threat and Imposition of Economic Sanctions (TIES) datasets to show the broad validity of my claims, as well as in-depth case studies, namely the Munich and Suez Crises, to demonstrate how my theory works in practice.
Date Received
University of Virginia, Department of Politics, PHD (Doctor of Philosophy), 2017
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PHD (Doctor of Philosophy)
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