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The Supply Side of SecurityA Market Theory of Military Alliances$
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Tongfi Kim

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780804796965

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804796965.001.0001

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Alliance Politics and Polarity

Alliance Politics and Polarity

(p.77) 4 Alliance Politics and Polarity
The Supply Side of Security

Tongfi Kim

Stanford University Press

This chapter empirically tests the argument presented in Chapter 3. In addition to intra-alliance bargaining power, it also examines the theory’s implications for the patterns of termination, duration, and formation of alliances in different systems. The chapter explains how much the structural shift from bipolarity to unipolarity has pushed American allies in favor of the superpower. The decline in the demand and supply of security in many parts of the world changed not only who forms alliances but also the goods exchanged within such alliances. The final section of this chapter discusses the theoretical implications of the systemic theory and offers some predictions about US alliances in the long and short terms.

Keywords:   polarity, the United States, China, alliance termination, alliance duration, alliance formation, bargaining power

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