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- DescriptionThe Supply Side of Security conceptualizes military alliances as contracts for exchanging goods and services. At the international level, the market for these contracts is shaped by how many countries can supply security. Tongfi Kim identifies the supply of policy concessions and military commitments as the main factors that explain the bargaining power of a state in a potential or existing alliance. Additionally, three variables of a state's domestic politics significantly affect its negotiating power: whether there is strong domestic opposition to the alliance, whether the state's leader is pro-alliance, and whether that leader is vulnerable. Kim then looks beyond existing alliance literature, which focuses on threats, to produce a deductive theory based on analysis of how the global power structure and domestic politics affect alliances. As China becomes stronger and the U.S. military budget shrinks, The Supply Side of Security shows that these countries should be understood t just as competing threats, but as competing security suppliers.
- Author BiographyTongfi Kim is a Research Fellow at Peace Research Institute Frankfurt. His work has appeared in the journals Security Studies and Asian Security.
- Author(s)Tongfi Kim
- PublisherStanford University Press
- Date of Publication13/04/2016
- SubjectCurrent Affairs & Issues
- Series TitleStudies in Asian Security
- Place of PublicationPalo Alto
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintStanford University Press
- Weight431 g
- Width3895 mm
- Height5830 mm
- Spine20 mm
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