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Alliance Structure and Transformation

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dc.contributor.advisor Goldstone, Jack A.
dc.contributor.author Buchanan, Scott C.
dc.creator Buchanan, Scott C. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-08-09T15:39:43Z
dc.date.available 2013-08-09T15:39:43Z
dc.date.issued 2013 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/8270
dc.description.abstract The persistence and subsequent transformation of Cold War-era alliances have puzzled scholars for more than two decades. Using a structured, focused case study approach to examine the influences on alliance strategic decision-making processes, this dissertation argues that the transformation of alliances can be understood as a function of two processes: the first process is the tension between risk and alliance cohesion, while the second is the new patterns of interaction dynamics created by the growth of security institutions following the Cold War. Exploring these factors allow scholars to understand how interaction patterns influence decision-making processes in multilateral and bilateral alliances. After reviewing six cases, the dissertation concludes that alliance management plays a significant role in the transformation of alliances. It also concludes that multilateral alliances are more sensitive to competitive pressure from external security organizations, while bilateral alliances are more sensitive to cooperation with actors outside the alliance.
dc.format.extent 257 pages en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights Copyright 2013 Scott C. Buchanan en_US
dc.subject International relations en_US
dc.subject Public policy en_US
dc.subject Political Science en_US
dc.subject Alliance en_US
dc.subject ANZUS en_US
dc.subject Japan en_US
dc.subject NATO en_US
dc.subject SEATO en_US
dc.subject Transformation en_US
dc.title Alliance Structure and Transformation en_US
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Public Policy en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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