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Author Podliska, Bradley F.

Title Acting alone : a scientific study of American hegemony and unilateral use-of-force decision making / Bradley F. Podliska.

Published Lanham, Md. : Lexington Books, [2010]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  327.1170973 PODL    AVAILABLE
Physical description xvi, 255 pages ; 24 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents 1. Introduction -- 2. Unilateral use-of-force decision making -- 3. Statistical tests : U.S. unilateral uses of force since 1937 -- 4. Does the type of crisis matter? : an experimental test -- 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 -- 6. Conclusion -- App. A. Coding of crisis dyads -- App. B. Experiment instructions and crisis scenarios.
Summary "Acting Alone: A Scientific Study of American Hegemony and Unilateral Use-of-Force Decision Making is a straight-forward analysis of unilateral U.S. military actions, which are dependent upon the power disparity between the U.S. and the rest of the world. In solving the puzzle as to why individual presidents have made the "wrong" decision to act alone, the author lays out a president's behavior, during a crisis, as a two-step decision process."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Hegemony -- United States.
Presidents -- United States.
War and emergency powers -- United States.
Unilateral acts (International law)
Intervention (International law)
United States -- Foreign relations.
United States -- Military policy.
ISBN 9780739142516 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780739142530 (electronic)