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Development and Consequences of Heterogeneous Beliefs about Military Power and Supremacy

Title: The Development and Consequences of Heterogeneous Beliefs about Military Power and Supremacy.
Name(s): Scott, Patrick Reed, author
Souva, Mark A., professor directing dissertation
Duncan, Michael, university representative
Reenock, Christopher, committee member
Smith, Dale L. (Dale Lee), committee member
Florida State University, degree granting institution
College of Social Sciences and Public Policy, degree granting college
Department of Political Science, degree granting department
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2016
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource (133 pages)
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: There are numerous examples from history that indicate that leaders can disagree about the impact that certain strategies and weapons systems will have on a conflict. The conflict literature in general tends to overlook these disagreements, at worst ignoring them as simple irrationalities. This dissertation presents economic factor endowments as a theoretical cause for disagreements of military power, and conducts a series of empirical evaluations for the impact that these disagreements have for conflict outcomes. I propose that heterogeneous beliefs about military power result from differences in access to capital and labor resources, a process I call force capitalization. I argue that these beliefs affect the public's perception of military power, conflict onset and conflict duration. I use a survey experiment to evaluate my claim that citizens assess military power in accordance with their military's degree of capitalization. Lastly, I find that differences in force capitalization between countries are associated with an increase in the likelihood of war onset and longer lasting wars.
Identifier: FSU_FA2016_Scott_fsu_0071E_13530 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the Department of Political Science in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Fall Semester 2016.
Date of Defense: October 28, 2016.
Keywords: heterogeneous beliefs, military beliefs, military leaders, public beliefs, war duration, war onset
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Mark Souva, Professor Directing Dissertation; Michael Duncan, University Representative; Chris Reenock, Committee Member; Dale Smith, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Political science
International relations
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Owner Institution: FSU

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