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Controlling the Sword

The Democratic Governance of National Security

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$65.00 • £54.95 • €60.00

ISBN 9780674422629

Publication Date: 12/01/1990

201 pages

10 line illustrations, 6 tables


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  • Acknowledgments
  • 1. Opportunities, Constraints, and Temptations
    • A Tale of Two Presidents
    • The Triangle of Forces on Foreign Policy
    • How Domestic Politics Matter
    • Other Democratic Political Systems
    • Using the System
  • 2. Bashing the Foreigners
    • Economic Theories of International Conflict
    • Electoral Politics and Economic Decline
    • Rallying ’round the Flag
    • Invoking the Rally
    • Crisis, War, and the Voters
  • 3. Realism and Idealism
    • The Range of Acceptable Options
    • Nuclear Weapons: Being Tough but Keeping the Risks Down
    • The Balance of Attitudes in Western Europe
    • Mutual Agreement, Not Unilateral Concessions
    • Bargaining from Equality: Confidence and Fear
    • A Range of Choice for Soviet-American Relations
  • 4. Who Controls Whom?
    • Does the Public Really Care?
    • Is Public Opinion Fickle?
    • How Are Opinion Change and Policy Change Related?
    • Some Illustrations from the Policy World
    • The Structure and Stability of Belief Systems
  • 5. If All the World Were Democratic
    • Peace among Democracies
    • Internal Peace and International Peace
    • Relations with Nondemocratic States
    • A Shift toward Democracy
    • Human Rights and Information
    • The Coming Test?
  • 6. Sustaining Sensible Policy
    • Secrecy and Participation
    • Shared Responsibility
    • Nuclear Command and Control
    • The Future of Soviet-American Relations
  • References
  • Index

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