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The Supply Side of Security: A Market Theory of Military Alliances

Tongfi Kim


What are the factors that explain the bargaining power of a state in an alliance? This book offers answers to this question by explaining how the structure of the international system and domestic politics affect the supply of military commitments and other concessions through alliances. Looking beyond existing alliance literature that focuses on demand for military protection, this study demonstrates that both demand and supply of military commitments are important in the alliance market and influence the bargaining power of states. This market theory enables us to understand recent developme ... More

Keywords: alliances, international bargaining, US foreign policy, East Asia, Japan, South Korea, Spain, China, polarity, domestic politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780804796965
Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804796965.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tongfi Kim, author
Peace Research Institute Frankfurt