Marines on the Beach

Un libro in lingua di Christopher Paul edito da Greenwood Pub Group, 2008

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Paul (RAND Corporation) analyzes how decisions to militarily intervene in other countries are made in the United States and what factors exogenous to the target country affect the outcome of such decisions. For Paul, the question is essentially one of governance and he aims to answer whether the class model, the pluralist model, the elite model, or some hybrid best explains military intervention decision-making. Examining four interventions in Central America and the Caribbean since 1945, he argues for a hybrid model that finds support for elite theory in the president's calculation of the national interest, the class-elite model in the president's definition of the national interest, and some elements of pluralism in the existence of a public national interest. He also considers the decisional process, finding it highly dependent "both on the consequences of the very personalist American presidency at the top and the state bureaucracy at the bottom (and middle)." Finally, he discusses the institutional policy legacies of military interventions for later decision-making processes and explores decision-maker strategies of legitimation for interventions. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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