Acting Alone

Acting Alone : A Scientific Study of American Hegemony and Unilateral Use-of-Force Decision Making

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Acting Alone offers an unprecedented scientifically-based answer to the question of why presidents, regardless of political party, make decisions to use unilateral military force. By using three methods to test U.S. crisis behavior since 1937, the author of Acting Alone makes the case that presidents are realists and make a unilateral decision based on a wide military gap with an opponent, an opponent located in the Western hemisphere, and a national security threat.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 272 pages
  • 157.48 x 228.6 x 25.4mm | 544.31g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739142518
  • 9780739142516

About Bradley F. Podliska

Bradley F. Podliska is an instructor with the Department of Defense.
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Acting Alone is a major contribution to the study of foreign policy analysis and security studies. Rare is the book that combines theory, case work and statistical analysis so well to make its point. The book includes many specific contributions, such as introduction of expected value modeling into this area of research and a new measure of military power linked to military revolutions. This book is essential reading for specialists in international relations and foreign policy analysis as well as those with a general interest in the US's activities in the world abroad. -- Patrick James, University of Southern California A welcome reality check on the American way of war. Acting Alone acts as an antidote to soft-headed soft-power thinking with a clear-eyed analytical assessment of presidential decision making. A must read for understanding the power of statistical analysis to enrich our comprehension of modern statecraft. -- James Jay Carafano, Deputy Director for The Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for International Studies, and Director of the Douglas and Sar The decision to use force is always charged with emotion, particularly in the American political setting. In Acting Alone, Bradley Podliska cuts through this to dissect such decisions with an innovative combination of analytical techniques. His book helps explain why the United States normally opts for unilateral force and undoubtedly will pave the way for future scholarship on this important topic. -- Steven Metz, U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 1 Introduction Chapter 2 2 Unilateral Use-of-Force Decision Making Chapter 3 3 Statistical Tests: U.S. Unilateral Uses of Force Since 1937 Chapter 4 4 Does the Type of Crisis Matter? An Experimental Test Chapter 5 5 Opening Up the "Black Box" of a President's Unilateral Decision: Case Studies of the 1991 Gulf War, 1961 Bay of Pigs Invasion, and 1989 Panama Invasion Chapter 6 6 Conclusion
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