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Domestic Structures and the Diversionary Use of Force

Ross A. Miller
American Journal of Political Science
Vol. 39, No. 3 (Aug., 1995), pp. 760-785
DOI: 10.2307/2111653
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/2111653
Page Count: 26
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Abstract

This paper reformulates diversionary theory to take into account the effect of domestic structures on the propensity of leaders to use foreign policy to manipulate domestic politics. The structure of domestic political institutions and levels of policy resources condition the willingness of leaders to use conflict involvement to manipulate domestic audiences. Probit analysis of 294 militarized interstate disputes during the period from 1955 to 1976. Domestic structures have a significant effect on the propensity of leaders to use foreign policy as a vehicle of their personal political ambitions.

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